Like many Plectranthus species, Mona Lavender has interesting foliage in that the undersides of the leaves are a rich port colour whilst the topsides are dark green. I was wondering can I cut this plant back to half size to rid a lot of the attacked foliage… Will it grow back well or should I just trim off the affected leaves carefully? In your opinion, or in that of any other readers, do you think the mona lavendar would mingle nicely with tree ferns in a super shady spot or is it searching for a bit of light? An easy-care selection that is very heat tolerant, which makes this plant a particularly nice choice for autumn gardens in warmer climates or summer gardens in Northern climates. Bright, indirect light is recommended during the initial establishment of fresh cuttings. australe comes from a restricted distribution along the river gorges from … P. 'Mona Lavender' is a wonderful solution to shady areas in the garden as well as making an ideal container or basket specimen for sheltered patios or entertainment areas. Drainage is vital so consider adding additional drainage holes as needed. They enjoy the heat and languish below 55 °F. in your garden, you're familiar with its heady fragrance and attractive features as a garden perennial.Several types grow in a home garden, including English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia), which is sometimes called French lavender; both grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 8.. Hope you can track it down. In the southeastern United States, Mona Lavender blooms from spring to frost, growing best in light shade, partial shade or full shade. Plectranthus Mona Lavender is the result of hybridizing Plectranthus saccatus with Plectranthus hilliardiae ssp. Good luck! 6. Plant in full sun and protect from strong winds. Last Frost Date. From summer through to autumn the plant also produces lovely spikes of lavender coloured flowers. It has bounced right back. Winter and summer watering is moderate. In actual fact, now that I think about it, I never water or feed my specimen. Frost tolerance varies with the species, so check plant labels before buying. Hi Annette, take a little snippet of it into your local garden centre- the professionals in your local area will be able to help you out. Hello , I have four Mona Lavender plants that are planted in a flower bed. Thanks (from Sydney). “Mona Lavender” is ideal for a mass planting in your garden or for container gardening. Carol, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and mine started blooming only in September. The hybridization work was done at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens by Roger Jaques in the late 1990s and the plant was released in 2002 and was introduced in North America with the cultivar name 'Plepalila' by Ball Horticultural Company. Ideal Conditions: Prefers full sun or partial shade with free draining, but moist soil or compost. Just before frost and winter arrives prune your lavender plant to one third of its height, at least three weeks prior to first frost date to reduce its size and density. Thanks Amanda, oopsies tho, I’ve already cut it back. Start the morning with our Run Through the Lavender 5K race and 1K Family Fun Trot. This cultivar has abundant lavender-purple flowers that complement the dark green leaves (with purple undersides and stems). Hello Amanda Relocating the plant, pinching healthy cuttings for re-establishment or removing the plant might be options to consider after appropriate research and consultation. If you grow lavender (Lavandula spp.) Keep cuttings warm and observe them frequently. Slugs, snails, spider mites, mealybugs, whiteflies and occasionally aphids may be challenges under certain conditions. Sprays of lavender flowers are borne from late summer to early winter. I have just planted two Monas in dry shade in my garden. Pinch young plants regularly to encourage branching and fuller, bushier plants. I live in Kentucky and we just had our first really good frost. Hi all…I bought this lovely Mona lavender about 5 weeks ago and it’s going great…that was until I noticed some eaten leaves then on close inspection I found several lime green caterpillars which I quickly destroyed. When it receives sun it tends to stay smaller and more compact, and the leaves exhibit a much more intense coloring, especially on the purple undersides of the leaf. Have one in a large pot, which has survived with occasional watering, and doing quite well. The best place to plant lavender. I have it in a large pot at our entryway, some late afternoon sun. Can someone tell me where I can buy the plant Mona Lavender from? Is there any reason you can think of for it not flowering this year? It has dark green, glossy leaves with intensely purple undersides and sprays of lavender colored flowers dashed with purple markings. It’s also grown in the RHS Wisley garden so you might find it for sale there (email wisleyplantcentre@rhs.org.uk). Plectranthus Mona Lavender also called as Lavender Spur Flower, Plectranthus plepalila, is a cultivar in the Plectranthus genus. Great in beds on their own or en masse. Light fertilization is recommended, particularly in containers. Cultural information should only be used as a guide, and should be to be adapted to suit you. Dipel slows some of these pets but you need to be vigilant as they can quickly become pock marked. There’s so much to love about Lavender Day! My mother-in-law Mona has just passed away and would love to buy this plant as a reminder of her x. Hi Jan – that’s such a lovely way to remember your Mona. Flowers are sky blue-lavender flecked with inky spots. Other suggested varieties You may find these plants useful for similar applications, or as great planting partners alongside MONA LAVENDER Plectranthus 'Plepalila' I think) have survived here, so it will be interesting to see whether Mona manages the summers of Adelaide which are longer, hotter and drier than your city. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock, Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy. They are low maintenance and strike easily from a cutting. A light pruning after flowering will help maintain a neat shape and encourage denser growth of foliage. It has glossy, dark green foliage that features vibrant purple undersides, which provides another layer of interest. Cold, overly damp soils can result in leaf drop and may encourage disease problems. After trotting, take time to enjoy our blooming fields of lavender, family-friendly activities, and local entertainment. In fact, their best leaf coloration is achieved with morning sun and some degree of afternoon shade. You must be … Hi Lisa, From my experience, most Plectranthus grow best in dappled shade but will flower more prolifically in more sun. Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’ is winter hardy in Zones 9b to 10 and withstands light frosts (temperatures down to 25 to 30 degrees F). Great article and I now have a name for the one I am growing. In planting beds, tuck plants into well-drained soil amended with organic matter. australe 'Magwa'. Plectranthus Mona Lavender can be propagated by stem cuttings. Such lovely leaves quite shredded now. However, it’s been the perfect trial of a plant that claims to grow well in dry, shady zones as I can certainly attest to that now! The Mona Lavender is green but not rooting well. I’m wondering why it hasn’t bloomed at all this year. Here you will learn what to do to help your Lavender overwinter with the least amount of stress and problems. Plant it in spring if your area is affected by heavy frost otherwise anytime of the year will do for non-frost region. I gave it some light seaweed fertilizer. The seed parent, Plectranthus saccatus, comes the Eastern Cape to northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and has the largest flowers in the genus while Plectranthus hilliardiae ssp. *Due to high demand, materials may need take longer to ship* ... Be the first to review “Mona Lavender” Cancel reply. Rooting hormone can be used but is not necessary and your new cuttings do not require fertilizer during establishment prior to planting in a container or out in the garden. Do not plant the lavender outside until all danger of frost has passed for your area. Glossy green leaves on the upper-side, but you will detect the intense inky purple/black leaf on their undersides. Maybe it is? The color change can also be affected by temperature, available sunlight, soil fertility, etc. Keeping an eye on it over the last week hasn’t helped much, I must have pulled off atleast 7 fat lil caterpillars yesterday plus 2 more today. Not a huge amount but maybe 1/3 of the stem length. No pests so far, few white butterflies in that area of the garden. Mona Lavender can be frost tender, so best not to cut it back coming into winter, as the soft new growth will be more susceptible. The stems that I cropped I’ve placed in water to hopefully propagate. Pour preferably with soft water. In summer, water more, but the soil should dry a little before the next watering, and the leaves slightly tied. Plant in filtered sun to shade and in moist, well drained soil. Bringing the plants inside for overwintering as houseplants is one option although temperatures near 70 °F continue to be ideal. Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 6, 2011 1:53 AM. If you live in an area prone to winter frosts then plant it in spring and it will flower in the autumn before the winter frosts take their toll. Hi Stewart – Mona Lavender is not a lavender at all, it’s just named for the flower colour and habit which is similar. © 2020 GardenDrum All Rights Reserved | ADMIN. I really like the Mona lavender when it’s in bloom, with pretty light purple flowers. Hi Carol, In winter, it should be watered occasionally and gradually; excessive watering can lead to the occurrence of fungal diseases. Oh btw, I’m located in Perth so how much heat can this plant ‘really’ handle… Selecting healthy cuttings with at least one or two leaf nodes is vital and you should also remove the growing tip when first placing the sample in water or your rooting medium. Feed twice monthly. Fingers crossed. The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 6b. However, extreme temperatures over 95 °F are also undesirable. Mona Lavender is frost intolerant and best grown within zones 10 and 11 on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zone Map. The RHS Plantfinder lists it at a specialist Plectranthus mail order nursery in Norwich owned by George Gillespie called Georges Gorgeous Gardens, (email: georgesgorgeousgardens@gmail.com phone (01508) 518559 / 07592 491234) or you could also see whether your local garden centre can order it in by that name. Plectranthus Mona Lavender ['Plepalila'] PP13,858 (Lavender Spur Flower) - A quick-growing, herbaceous perennial shrub reaching up to 2 feet tall, forming a rounded, dense bush. Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' This variety was developed by Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, South Africa. Easy to propagate, [ Reply to this comment | ()] Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 2, 2011 11:10 PM. These flowers appear in early spring and continue to add color to your garden until the first frost. You should remove old flower heads as the blooms fade. Your plants will be covered with flowers up until the first frost. Plectranthus Mona Lavender are quite tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and will do well in even average conditions. Slow release fertilizers with a balanced mix of nutrients are recommended for your containers although half strength liquid fertilizer applied every 2 weeks over the growing season should be sufficient. Will pot up some cuttings, to see how they go in different situations. Thanks…Mona loving Lisa…lol. Mona Lavender thrives in year-round temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but will tolerate light frost at 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, according to San Marcos Growers. Step 1 Grow Mona Lavender in shade or partial sun. Clip spent flower spikes after bloom. This plant does best in partial to full shade and will grow to be about 2.5 ft. tall and wide. These plants thrive in … Snipping a small, 2” length of the plans and putting it in a rooting medium or even in water will start the process of new roots being developed. I’ve just retired and am doing some excited research about shade loving plants. When daylength is less than twelve hours in fall, numerous lavender-colored, six inch long flower spikes appear. Plectranthus cultivars are popular foliage plants, but some gardeners grow them for their blooms, and one of the best bloomers is ‘Mona Lavender’. I can’t explain why, but I always seem to overlook it when asked what my favourite plants are. Water often during hot, dry weather (it requires less water than a coleus or impatien) and feed in-ground plantings every six to eight weeks with a general plant food. It’s one of my favourite plants but I agree, white butterfly is partial to it, particularly late in the season as its flowers are slowing down. A breeze to overwinter under lights. Excellent in containers. Preparations for Cold Weather Conditions Lavender plants as easy as they are to grow under the right conditions will need some care during the winter months to assure a healthy start the next spring. Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’ is a versatile coloured feature plant that flourishes in those traditionally hard-to-plant shaded areas. I would wait until after winter to prune it back when frost is not an issue. I will be interested to hear how they perform in a different heat. English lavender does not tolerate humid summers very well, but other lavenders will happily grow in areas of mild humidity. For those of you interested in where it came from, Mona Lavender originates from South Africa and was bred at the famous Kirstenbosh Botanical Garden in Capetown. It’s always at these times that I defer to my local horticulturalist- take a couple of photos down to your local garden centre- it’s so much easier when they can see it and live in the local area. Despite my neglect (or perhaps I’m doing it a favour), my specimen has thrived. The seed parent, Plectranthus saccatus, comes the Eastern Cape to northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and has the largest flowers in the genus while Plectranthus hilliardiae ssp. I am new to gardening and just need to know should I cut off the tops that look dead or leave them till after winter? Pruning heavily every year will help slow down the formation of wood and extend the vigor and lifetime of your plant. Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’ is one of the unsung heroes in my garden. Hmmm…now I feel rather neglectful. From my experience with ringtail possums, they will eat pretty much anything except dog bane (also a plectranthus but a very smelly one). Feel free to snip long-growing stems, especially in northern regions in winter, when growth might become lanky. Avoid windy locations as the plants can be prone to breakage in extreme winds. 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