Plant ID forum: Plectranthus sold as P verticillata possibly not?

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betonyjoy
Jul 18, 2016 6:35 AM CST
I bought this as P verticillata from eBay, after I lost my previous plant. It looks very similar but has no purplish coloration on the leaves at all and the leaves are much bigger and a lighter green than I remember from my other plant. It has no discernable scent either, which verticillata is meant to have, nor has it ever flowered; though it might not yet be mature enough.

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XiaoLong
Jul 18, 2016 7:56 AM CST
Hi and welcome.

Its look so close to P. verticillata. And it said that vertiillatus not always have purple colors.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plectranthus_verticillatus

Wish another member can make sure the species name Smiling
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plantladylin
Jul 18, 2016 8:04 AM CST
It looks like what I've always known to be Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus) It was a very popular plant house plant back in the 1970's but I don't see it for sale very often anymore.
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Kurasz
Jul 18, 2016 6:51 PM CST
Looks like hibiscus to me. If it flowers in the winter its probably hibiscus.
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ctcarol
Jul 18, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Plectranthus for sure.
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sallyg
Jul 18, 2016 8:12 PM CST
I'm good with 'swedish ivy' on this plant. I think the leaf variation is within range depending on growing conditions.

I don't associate verticillatus with a scent- could you be thinking of another Plectranthus?

Hibiscus does not have oppositely placed leaves.
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plantladylin
Jul 19, 2016 7:47 AM CST
It still looks like P. verticillatus to me which sometimes shows purple on the stems and leaves and sometimes not.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plectranthus_verticillatus
https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/13263/Plectranthus-verticillat...

At one time I grew Variegated Mintleaf (Plectranthus madagascariensis 'Variegated Mintleaf') whose leaves were fragrant but I grew a lot of Plectranthus verticillatus over the years and never noticed a scent with that one.

If you aren't certain of the P. verticillatus identity, you could add some photos to the general database entry for Plectranthus: Plectranthus
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purpleinopp
Jul 19, 2016 10:59 AM CST
Hi & welcome! Agree, many diff species of Plectranthus can be referred to as Swedish ivy.

Yours looks like P. verticillatus to me. I have it in several spots in the ground & in many diff pots. I've not seen any distinct purple on the leaf backs, nor smelled any scent from it in the years I've had it around. A back of leaf shot, showing prominent veins. The redness along the primary vein is a transient feature, not necessarily diagnostic. In a bit more shade, the leaves can become much bigger, a very versatile plant for summer decorating/landscaping, as well as a pleasant addition to a house plant lineup.



It's a fall/winter bloomer at my house - which I love, they come inside blooming & keep going for a while. How long have you had it? Knowing what state or country you are in would help steer you toward the most realistic/likely expectations about when it might bloom. They don't seem to need a ton of light to do it and your plant looks like it should when the change of day length triggers the blooming process.

The info about this species in the database here (that Lin also pasted) does indicate the foliage is fragrant.
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)
That's a mistake, IMO/E. I would theorize that the person who added that indication to this species was confusing p. verticillatus with another species of Plectranthus, many of which are fragrant. Just not this one - according to my particular nose. But there are some scents some people just don't detect. I can only report on my own. How strong are other opinions about that (pun intended?) Smiling
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