Orthosiphon aristatus

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Orthosiphon aristatus

Common Name: White Cat's Whiskers

Family: Lamiaceae

Origin: SE Asia

Type: Tropical Color

Size: 14"h x 14"w

Exposure: Sun, Partial Shade


Butterflies: Yes

Hummingbirds: No

Container Size: Large Pot Band

Cat’s Whickers is a plant we used to include in the displays and various theme gardens years ago when I was Studio Garden Manager with Oklahoma Gardening. Its showy tall spikes of pristine white flowers with long stamens were always enjoyed and commented on by garden visitors. Misai Kucing (Cat’s Whiskers in Malay), is used in Southeast Asia to make Java Tea, which is taken to dissolve kidney stones. There are several reasons we like growing this exotic looking member of the Mint Family. It is easy, dependable, continuous-flowering and it attracts scores of butterflies. Use it in beds and borders or in patio containers.