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Cutting has rooted in idea what it is!

Posted by hangingupsidedown none (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 25, 13 at 5:32

Hi everyone,

I am relying on your expert knowledge to assist me with identifying this cutting.

My husband and I were walking by an apartment complex that had a lovely shrub (overgrown and unkempt) with dark blue flowers. I thought it was pretty so I snapped off a piece and brought it home, stuck it in a glass of water where it has developed a long root system. It has been in the glass for some months now...I am keen to plant it in the garden but have NO idea what it is!

Can someone please help?? P.S. We live in Sydney, Australia so I am not sure if it is a native.

Thank you :)

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RE: Cutting has rooted in idea what it is!

Did the flowers resemble those of a coleus , that is, small but on a stem, and do the leaves have any scent when brushed? As my first thought was Plectranthus amboinicus which is a coleus-like herb

RE: Cutting has rooted in idea what it is!

thats a lot of water roots.. which may or may not transfer to a pot easily .... time to pot it up ....

though seeing the vigor of it growing in plain old water.. lol.. i doubt it will give you many problems ...


RE: Cutting has rooted in idea what it is!

Thanks for the replies. Alisonoz, it's not the herb you mentioned although you helped me solve another mystery as I had this plant I was planning on requesting an Id of after this mystery was solved!

It doesn't have the oregano smell, when its slightly fuzzy leaves are rubbed it smells a bit lemony almost. The flowers were almost like lavender blooms and appeared on long stems with the flower at the tip, so not quite like a coleus. I may just have to walk past the same area and see if I can get a picture of the full plant!

RE: Cutting has rooted in idea what it is!

There are many Plectranthus. This looks (and sounds like it smells) like one of them.

RE: Cutting has rooted in idea what it is!

I think you are right, thank you!

RE: Cutting has rooted in idea what it is!

Agreed, some kind of Plectranthus, I'm sure.

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