Cheeky Chimeni (Plectranthus chimanimaniensis)
Plectranthus chimanimaniensis is one of the lesser known Plectranthus varieties and is a firm favourite amongst gardeners!
Plectranthus varieties are indigenous. Plectranthus varieties have forest as well as savannah origins. With a natural ability to cope with difficult conditions, they tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions from cold and wet to extremely hot and arid. However, possibly their most sought after ability is their affinity and ability to perform well in shaded areas.
Plectranthus chimanimaniensis is an evergreen shrub reaching 80cm to 1m in height. The delicate small green leaves are plentiful and support a mass of flower spikes that start bloom from Spring and reach their peak colour display during Autumn and early winter. From a distance, the plants present a beautiful and consistent pink haze in the garden!
The individual flowers are soft pink in colour, with the darker buds opening into delicate soft pink wings with a white lip. The individual flowers are carried on pink flower spires which ensure the flower to foliage ratio is particularly high – the tall flower spikes are both striking and stunning!
Plectranthus chimanimaniensis performs well in either sun or semi-shaded positions and requires well composted soil. These plants are shallow rooted and need adequate watering, however once established they can withstand periods of drought.
Plectranthus ‘Cheeky Chemenii’ are frost tender but if grown under trees they are afforded some frost protection. Frost protection measures are advised during their first winter, however in their second season the plants will be much stronger.
Plectranthus ‘Cheeky Chemenii’ require low maintenance and have no specific pest control measures. To maintain a neat shape and lush foliage, this variety should be pruned after each flowering period.
Eastern Cape Stockists:
Floradale Nursery – Port Elizabeth
Builders Express East London
Builders Express – Jeffreys Bay
Builders Express – Newton Park
Builders Express – Queenstown
Builders Express – Uitenhage
Builders Express – Walmer
Builders Express – Walker drive
Builders Warehouse – Port Elizabeth
Free State Stockists:
Alma Kwekery – Welkom
Bruwer Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Builders Warehouse Bloemfontein
Greenside Kwekery – Bloemfontein
Plants@Preller – Bloemfontein
Platberg Nursery – Harrismith
Pretty Garden Tuinsentrum – Bloemfontein
Urth Garden Centre – Bloemfontein
Colourful Splendour – Craighall Park
Garden Pavilion – Brandmullers
Garden Pavilion – Eckards
Garden Pavilion – Sunkist
Keith Kirsten Waterfall – Midrand
Lifestyle Home Garden – Randburg
Plant Paradise Garden Centre – Pretoria
Schaffler’s Nursery – Johannesburg
North West Stockists:
Western Cape Stockists:
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – Rosebank
Starke Ayres Garden Centre – West Coast Village
Stodels – Bellville
Stodels – Constantia
Stodels – Kenilworth
Stodels – Milnerton
Stodels – Somerset West
Builders Express – Knysna
Builders Warehouse – Cape Gate
Builders Warehouse – City
Builders Warehouse – Constantiaberg
Builders Warehouse – Table View
Builders Warehouse – Tygerberg
**Please note that not all stockists will have every plant featured**