gets fat by age. This one is more than 15 years old.
Close-up of a leaf edge.
This plant was discovered by Ernst van Jaarsveld in 1982, and described
by Leslie Edward Wastell Codd. Found in the Natal Province in Southern Africa. Member of
the Lamiaceae family. A well-drained soil, some water and some sun. The
swollen stem grows to five centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres high. The flowers are white with a shine of
The first one outside Africa was brought to Copenhagen Botanical
Garden by Jørgen Damgaard. Latest experiments shows a significant
improvement in growth in plastic pots compared to clay.
Somehow, the spelling Plectranthus ernestii
seems to be popular! They may have changed the name, when they found out
Ernst didn't spell his name "Ernest".