An evergreen shrub from the Cape Peninsula of South Africa, that grows to about 3′, with numerous branches shooting from the base. The older, lower part of the stems get quite woody, whereas the younger tips are much softer with an attractive red coloring. Both the stems and leaves are covered in white hairs, giving the shrub a grey appearance.
Flowering is from early spring to summer. It has clusters of flowers in shades of pink and blue, very similar to a Pulmonaria. The pink bud opens into a bell-shaped flower, of which the inside and back remain pink but the tips of the 5 petals wash into light blue.
Pronunciation: loh-boh-STEE-mon froo-tih-KOH-sus
Species Meaning: Shrubby
Lobostemon fruticosus is native to South Africa.
Full sun, well drained soil that is dry in summer.
Cuttings of resprouting, non-flowering stems in spring and autumn seem to work best. The cuttings should not be kept too wet, as they turn black and rot easily.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21078
Found in Pots,
Waiting to find its forever home in the garden.
We acquired this plant from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.