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Orthosiphon aristatus

Orthosiphon aristatus

Cat's Whiskers

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Common uses:

Understory planting, Flower garden, Playground planting, and Supports wildlife

Expected Height Range:

1 m - 2 m

Spread Range:

1.2 m

Preferred positioning:

Partial shade to full shade

Flower Season/s:

Spring, Summer, and Autumn

Flower Colour/s:

Plant life cycle:



Southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia, and tropical Queensland, Australia.

Preferred Soil:

Cool, Moist, Clay loams

Also referred to as java tea, cat’s whiskers are found in a few places in tropical Australia. Commonly used as an ornamental plant because of its beautiful white flowers, and distinctive delicate petals that spring up much like a cat’s whiskers (hence its name), it is also used as a source for nectar and as a means to attract birds due to its inviting aroma. It is a very distant relative of the basil family, as can be noted for its slightly aromatic leaves. Used medicinally in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and even China, it is mostly relegated to a merely ornamental role in the west, where it is employed chiefly as a landscaping plant due to its flowers, and its relative hardiness.

Care Considerations:

Will tolerate hard pruning, can spread.
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