This gorgeous evergreen, quick-growing, herbaceous perennial is a definite favourite for this dry tropics gardener. This fabulous showy compact plant belongs to the Lamiaceae or Mint family. It's a beautiful hybrid of Plectranthus saccatus and Plectranthus hilliardiae, developed in South Africa, and well-suited to a hot, dry climate.
The foliage of this Plectranthus is so attractive. It has dark green glossy leaves with a purple-coloured underside ... but it's the dainty little flowers that are simply stunning. I absolutely love the frothy, frilly purple cloud that appears when it's in full bloom. 'Mona Lavender' produces spikes of lavender coloured flowers that are dashed with purple markings. They look a bit like cute little mini-orchids!