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


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.


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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