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Orthosiphon aristatus

 
Orthosiphon aristatus
cat's whiskers, java tea
Synonym(s) Orthosiphon stamineus
Common name cat's whiskers, java tea
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers white to lavender
Size to 36"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Herbaceous perennial with serrated crinkly leaves in a handsome glossy mid-green, which offset spikes of lighter-colored spidery flowers, whose long stamens give rise to the common name. The flowers open upward along the stem, giving rise to a long period of bloom. Reportedly can get a bit unruly; I'll be on the lookout for excess vigor. I purchased this two years in a row, planted both in the foundation border along the north side of the house (which gets sun for only a few hours of the day) and thought I had lost the first one through winter, only to be surprised by flowers in October.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

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