Care of Cat's Whiskers - Knowledgebase Question

Lillian, AL
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Question by michey
June 13, 1998
I purchased a plant that was tagged cat's whiskers. All the tag had on it was the name, hardy to 38 degrees and the name Dewars (which I am guessing is the nursery that grew it). It has 5-6" white blooms (made up of lots of tiny blooms) on the top of each stem (similar to a salvia) with white "cat whiskers" coming out of each tiny bloom It was just too cute to pass up but I am not sure where to plant it. Can you help me identify this plant and its' needs?

Answer from NGA
June 13, 1998
Cat's Whiskers is the common name for Orthosiphon stamineus, a plant that likes full sunshine and copious amounts of water. It has glossy green leaves and long white flowers with long stamens (the whiskers). The plant has a shrubby growth habit and will reach about four feet in height. It's a perennial from zone 7 - 10. Sounds like a delightful addition to a sunny garden bed!

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