Blue spur flower
|Botanical Name||Plectranthus ecklonii|
|Origin||Eastern South Africa|
IdentificationAn erect shrub, usually 1.5-2m high, young stems densely covered with fine hairs. Similar hairs also on leaves, especially along upper side of veins. Flowers blue-violet, borne in a loose, erect panicle about 300mm high at the top of the stems.
HabitatsThe plant escapes out of gardens into gaps in the understory of nearby native forest.
Impact to Biota and EcosystemsEscapes out of gardens and replaces understorey plants in gaps in nearby native forest.
Dispersal Routes, Vectors, Infestation SourcesGarden escape, and potential garden rubbish dump issue.
Allow cut material to dry out.
Spray with Metsulfuron (5 gram to 10 litres water) with Penetrant during summer. Tordon Gold at 120ml per 10 litres is also effective.
|Recommended Approach||Identify early and destroy|