Orthosiphon labiatum

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Orthosiphon labiatum

Common Name: Shell Bush

Family: Lamiaceae

Origin: South Africa

Type: Perennial

Size: 14"h x 14"w

Exposure: Sun

Zones: Zone 6-10

Butterflies: Yes

Hummingbirds: No

Container Size: Large Pot Band

We picked this plant at a Houston nursery a few years ago under the name of Pink Surprise plant. Indeed it was surprising to see how well it performed the last two summers with its continuous production of beautiful mauve pink blooms no matter how hot the weather. With thorough research we learned Shell Bush’s true identity and homeland of Southern Africa. A very new and novel plant to this part of the world, it grows incredibly well here in beds or containers and is also a big hit with the butterflies.