Plectranthus forsteri cv. ‘Marginatus’ -Sweedish Ivy

Plectranthus forsteri ‘Marginatus’-Swedish Ivy on 7-3-12, #107-60.

Swedish Ivy ‘Marginatus’

Plectranthus forsteri cv. ‘Marginatus’

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Plectranthus forsteri Benth. is the correct and accepted name of this plant. It was first documented as such by George Bentham in Labiatarum Genera et Species in 1832. Plectranthus forsteri cv. Marginatus is an accepted name for this variegated form.

The genus, Plectranthus L’Hér., was named and described by Charles Louis L’Héritier de Brutelle in Stirpes Novae aut Minus Cognitae in 1788. Plants of the World Online lists 338 accepted species of Plectranthus which is in the Lamiaceae Family with 236 other genera.

Proven Winners offers a Swedish Ivy they call ‘Variegata’ and say it is a Plectranthus coleoides… The Plant List, although currently unmaintained, says that species is a synonym of Plectranthus glabratus. Llifle (Encyclopedia of Life) says that Plectranthus coleoides is a synonym of Plectranthus glabratus but Plectranthus coleoides cv. Variegatus is a synonym of Plectranthus forsteri cv. Marginatus. The new Plants of the World Online says Plectranthus forsteri and Plectranthus glabratus are both accepted names but has no listing for Plectranthus coleoides.


Plectranthus forsteri ‘Marginatus’ on 7-19-12, #111-16.

When I was a kid someone gave me a cutting of a Swedish Ivy, which was one of my first plants. I found this one when I was helping a friend set up for a wedding in Mississippi. We were in the backyard of their client and the wife had many really nice combination planters here and there. SO….. I broke off a piece of her Swedish Ivy and brought it home (no, I didn’t just stop at the Swedish Ivy). I had never grown the variegated variety, or any other Swedish Ivy since I was a kid.


Plectranthus forsteri ‘Marginatus’ on 11-1-12, #127-1.


Common Name: Swedish Ivy
Family: Lamiaceae
Zones: USDA Zones 10-11
Size: 1’ tall x 3’ wide
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium. Fairly drought tolerant once established.
Soil: Average soil is OK as long as it is well drained. Would prefer a rich, humus soil, though.
Uses: As a bedding plant, container plant or hanging basket.


Plectranthus forsteri ‘Marginatus’ with flowers on 11-1-12, #127-12.

In my opinion, the Swedish Ivy, especially the variegated cultivars, is a nice addition to your collection. Whether you plant them in your flower beds, combination planters, hanging basket or what. They are very versatile plants and aren’t finicky. You can easily take stem cuttings and spread them around as they readily root in water or in soil.

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