Blue spur flower
|Botanical Name||Plectranthus ecklonii|
|Origin||Eastern South Africa|
DescriptionAn 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.
Where is it found?The plant escapes out of gardens into gaps in the understory of nearby native forest.
Why is it a problem?Escapes out of gardens and replaces understorey plants in gaps in nearby native forest.
How does it spread?Garden escape, and potential garden rubbish dump issue.
How do I get rid of it?
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|