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Cats Whiskers

Cats Whiskers

Orthosiphon aristatus

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Expected Height Range:

0.5 m - 1 m

Spread Range:

0.5 m - 1 m

Preferred positioning:

Full sun, Partial sun, and Partial shade

Common uses:

Flower garden, Playground planting, Supports wildlife, Specimen plant, Tropical garden, Edge gardens, and Container growing

Flower Season/s:

Spring, Summer, and Autumn

Flower Colour/s:

Plant life cycle:

Perennial

Habitat:

Native to Southeast Asia and the tropical regions of Australia, it is often found in open, grassy areas and along forest edges.

Leaf information:

Glossy, green leaves that are slightly serrated at the edges

Preferred Soil:

Prefers fertile, well-drained soils with a slightly acidic to neutral pH

Unique and attractive flower spikes that feature long, delicate filaments resembling cat's whiskers, in shades of white or pale lavender. This herbaceous perennial is appealing not only for its ornamental appeal but also for its medicinal properties, widely used in traditional medicine to treat kidney and urinary tract conditions. Its ability to attract bees and butterflies to the garden makes it an excellent choice for pollinator-friendly landscapes.

Care Considerations:

Mulching helps retain soil moisture and suppress weeds. Adding organic matter to the plant, particularly on establishment can improve soil structure and nutrient content, however if fertilising use a water-soluble fertiliser during the growing season. Pruning can be done to remove spent flower spikes and encourage bushier growth.
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