Lobostemon fruticosus (L.) H.Buek

Pajama Bush


Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Lobostemon

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Size: 3 to 4' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

The lower part of the stems are woody but the less mature stems have a red tint and are softer. Stems and leaves are covered in white hairs. Leaves alternate, narrow, oval, <1.5" long with upward pointing tips. Flowers blue, pink or white, trumpet shaped, from early spring to summer (Africa). Prefer winter rain, long dry summers and no frost.

History: 

Native to South Africa. Cultivated in 1759 by Philip Miller a the Chelsea Garden.

Published in Linneae 11: 134 in 1837.

Basionym is Echium fruticosum [author:Lin L.] 1753.

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