mona lavender came back

southerngardening24(7b)July 7, 2014

Was just wondering if anyone else thinks it's wierd that one of four salvia mona lavender came back this year but my black and blue did not. All were planted next to the brick foundation of the house.

Also had a purple verbena (annual) come back but a perennial blanket flower did not.

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Isn't Mona lavender a plectranthus?

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 5:22PM
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Isnt Mona Lavender a plectranthus??

Cheers Annette

    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 5:23PM
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    Bookmark   July 8, 2014 at 9:09PM
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My Mona Lavender are almost dead.....Can I prune them and they'll come back?? I'm in Florida, not sure if it's from too much rain or possibly bugs!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 7:20PM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

Plectranthus are xeric plants from the Indian Ocean basin with branching up to Japan. Most of the horticultural ones are from xeric areas in South Africa. Their roots do not like lots of moisture and need air.

It's hard to tell if they would survive cutting back. This works fine in pots when they get too big.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2014 at 1:06PM
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Ralph Whisnant(z7b-8 NC)

I also had two Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' come back. One has flowers identical to the ones in my potted plant. The other has flowers that are about twice as long and are more narrow tubular shaped. Otherwise the plants appear identical. Several years ago, I was given a plant id'd as P. 'Purple Haze (or Hays), but it appeared to be 'Mona Lavender'. Now I am wondering if there really is such a variety and I am just now noticing the difference in the flowers. These two survivors were growing in front of a fig tree and partially under a crepe myrtle, so the tree roots keep the soil really dry in the winter. (I water frequently but only during warm weather.)

    Bookmark   October 20, 2014 at 7:33PM
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