Plectanthrus.JPG (28414 bytes)Plectranthus graveolens: is a member of the Lamiaceae family in company with the Prostantheras (Mint Bushes) and Westringias. There are 250 species of Plectranthus worldwide with 28 species native to Australia. Plectranthus graveolens is a small spreading shrub with strongly aromatic toothed leaves. Sometimes plants are cut back by frost but usually recover in spring. The illustrated plant is about to face its first winter (June 2001). It remains to be seen how this plant copes with frost. Plectranthus graveolens is an attractive plant with multiple stems. A spike of violet-blue flowers crowns each stem. Flowering occurs throughout the year. Plectranthus graveolens would be an ideal plant for native cottage gardens or rockeries. This is one of the easiest native plants to propagate from cuttings. The species name means strongly smelling which is a very apt name.