Swedish Ivy
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Swedish Ivy
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Swedish Ivy
Botanical name: Plectranthus forsteri    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Swedish Ivy is an upright-spreading tender perennial that grows to 25 cm tall and spreads up to 3 ft wide. Leaves are ovate, light green, with scalloped margins, can grow as large as 10 cm. They emit a mild citrus aroma when bruised. Creamy white or pale pink flowers appear on reddish upright stems that trail with age. Flower-racemes are up to 15 cm long. Flowers are tubular, strongly two-lipped, not particularly showy. ‘Marginatus’ is a variegated cultivar that is particularly noted for its attractive leaves. This bushy plant has thick stems that grow upright at first, then trail over the sides of a container. It is suitable for a hanging basket to show off its thickly leaved cascading stems. Swedish Ivy is native to Northern Australia, Pacific Islands, Fiji.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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