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Plectranthus spicatus

Plant suitable for use on Bio-Diverse Green Roofs in the Durban Area

Plectranthus spicatus

Gaudy commodore Junonia octavia sesamus
Gaudy Commodore Junonia octavia sesamus

junonia octavia sesamus caterpiller
Larvae of the Gaudy Commodore Junonia octavia sesamus

Plectranthus spicatus

is one of a number of plant species which are presently being tested for their suitability to be grown as Green Roof plants in the Durban region that have initially shown good results. They all occur naturally within a radius of 50 km of the Durban city centre

Plectranthus spicatus is a succulent plant belonging to the family Labiatae found growing in full sun in hot dry rocky ground inland of Durban.

Growth habit
Plectranthus spicatus is a low growing vigorously spreading  ground cover plant.

Drought resistance
Plectranthus spicatus plants are very drought resistant.

Disease and pest resistance
None  to date

Suitability as Green Roof plants
Plectranthus spicatus plants are valuable in plantings that are going to get the very minimum of or no water in winter in combinations with other plants that have a very vigorous nature.

Biodiversity value in the Green Roof landscape
Plectranthus spicatus are one of the larval host plants used by the Gaudy Commodore Butterfly which they readily attract to the roof top planting.

Cautions and precautions in the Green Roof application
Plectranthus spicatus plants tend to smother other smaller less vigorous plants therefore care must be exercised to include them a combination with other plants of a similar growth habit.

Ecoman Durban Indigenous Landscape Design Consultant

Bio-Diverse Indigenous Landscaping I design landscapes and gardens that are Bio-Diverse as well as being pleasing to the eye

Landscapes and Gardens that are Nature Friendly

I use my many years of landscape planning and design as well as landscape construction experience coupled to my vast knowledge of the requirements of nature to create habitat suitable for birds, butterflies and other creatures to live and breed in.


I always apply the basic principles of good landscape design to create an aesthetically pleasing garden that at the same time satisfies the living requirements of the target creatures that I would like to attract. My speciality is to attract birds, butterflies and solitary bees. I design and build Bio-Diverse Roof Gardens


So let Ecoman design and create a garden for you that will be a haven for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, frogs and lizards in the number of species comparable to Kruger National Park.

For all of your Green Roof requirements contact Michael Hickman Specialist in Green Roof Technology at +27 82 061 2593 or email at info@ecoman.co.za

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