Gold Spurflower Plectranthus ciliatus 'Easy Gold' (v)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
plectranthus 'Easy Gold'


Plectranthus ciliatus 'Easy Gold', commonly known as Spurflower, is a striking ornamental plant known for its decorative foliage. The leaves are the most remarkable feature with their rounded and scalloped edges, which give the plant a soft and inviting appearance. Each leaf exhibits a vibrant green color splattered with touches of gold and yellow, providing a variegated pattern that is both lively and eye-catching. This bright mix of colors can bring a splash of brightness to any garden setting or indoor arrangement. The surface of the leaves is also characterized by a soft, velvety texture, adding a tactile dimension to its appeal. The fuzzy appearance of the leaves is enhanced by fine hairs that cover them, which can glisten under light, making the plant sparkle subtly. The Spurflower blooms tend to be less conspicuous compared to its striking foliage, often displaying delicate flowers in colors that complement the leaves. These blooms are usually in the form of small, tubular flowers that cluster together, adding a gentle contrast of shape against the backdrop of the broad leaves. The overall impression of the Spurflower is one of lushness and vitality, with its variegated leaves providing a continuous display of color and its blooms adding a seasonal touch of added interest. This plant can be an ideal choice for gardeners seeking to add a vivid splash of color without relying solely on flowers, as its foliage offers enduring decorative value throughout the growing season.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Gold Spurflower, Golden Plectranthus

    • Common names

      Plectranthus ciliatus 'Easy Gold'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Plectranthus ciliatus 'Easy Gold', commonly known as Spurflower, is not considered highly toxic to humans. There is limited information about its toxicity, but in general, Plectranthus species are not known for being dangerously poisonous. However, as with many plants, it is possible that some individuals might experience mild discomfort or an allergic reaction if any part of the plant is ingested or if the sap comes into contact with skin. If ingested, symptoms might include stomach upset or nausea.

    • To pets

      Spurflower is not commonly listed as a toxic plant to pets. However, like with any non-food plant, ingestion may cause mild gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea, in some pets. If a pet were to ingest a large amount of the plant, it is always wise to monitor for any signs of distress and consult with a veterinarian as a precaution.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      2 feet (60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Low Maintenance: 'Easy Gold' Spurflower requires minimal care, making it ideal for gardeners with busy lifestyles.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it can withstand periods of low water availability.
    • Ornamental Appeal: The plant's striking gold and green foliage adds vivid color contrast to garden beds and containers.
    • Fast Growth: It grows quickly, providing rapid coverage in garden areas.
    • Soil Adaptability: Can thrive in a variety of soil types as long as they offer good drainage.
    • Pest Resistance: It's not prone to serious pest problems, keeping maintenance low.
    • Shade Tolerance: Can perform well in part shade, offering flexibility in garden design.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • As a natural dye: The leaves of Plectranthus, when boiled, can release pigments that can be used to dye textiles and materials in shades of greenish-yellow.
    • Companion planting: Plectranthus can be used in gardens to help repel certain insects, making it a good companion for vegetable and herb gardens to reduce pest issues.
    • Crafts and decoration: Dried leaves and flowers of Plectranthus can be incorporated into potpourri mixes, wreaths, and other craft projects for their texture and color.
    • Embankment stabilization: Its spreading growth habit makes it suitable for planting on slopes and banks to help prevent soil erosion.
    • Educational tool: Because it's easy to grow and care for, Plectranthus can be used in classrooms or educational programs to teach children about plant growth and basic horticulture.
    • Culinary garnish: Although not well-known for its flavor, the delicate leaves and flowers can be used as a decorative garnish for plating dishes in high-end culinary presentations.
    • Ephemeral art: Artists can utilize Plectranthus' leaves and flowers in temporary outdoor installations or nature art, as they blend well with other natural elements.
    • Photography: The vibrant color and texture of the 'Easy Gold' variant provide an excellent backdrop or subject for macro and botanical photographers.
    • Plant Breeding: Hobbyist plant breeders can use Plectranthus as a parent in crosses to develop new variegated or colorful cultivars due to its genetic variability.
    • Leaf prints: Leaves can be coated with paint and pressed onto paper or fabric to create botanical prints for craft or educational purposes.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Plectranthus 'Easy Gold' is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Plectranthus 'Easy Gold' is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Vitality: The vibrant green and gold hues of the Spurflower signify energy and life force, symbolizing the plant's capacity to thrive in varied conditions.
    • Adaptability: Spurflower easily adjusts to different environments and growth conditions, representing flexibility and the ability to prosper in a variety of situations.
    • Lushness: The lush foliage of the Spurflower suggests abundance and growth, symbolizing a generous nature and the proliferation of resources.
    • Harmony: With its easy-going nature, the Spurflower may stand for a harmonious balance within one's environment, promoting peace and tranquility.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring - Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Spurflower should be watered thoroughly once the top inch of the soil feels dry, typically every 7 to 10 days, depending on the humidity and temperature of its environment. When watering, soak the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes, ensuring that the plant gets enough moisture. It's generally advisable to use about 1 to 2 cups (8 to 16 ounces) for smaller pots or up to half a gallon for larger ones every watering session. Avoid allowing the plant to sit in water as this can lead to root rot. During winter months, reduce the frequency as the plant will use less water.

  • sunLight

    Spurflower thrives in bright, indirect light and should be placed in a spot where it can receive plenty of light without being exposed to direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves. An east- or west-facing window covered with a sheer curtain would be an ideal location for this plant. Avoid placing it in deep shade or dark corners, as inadequate light can lead to leggy growth and reduced leaf variegation.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Spurflower prefers temperatures between 60°F and 75°F, which is typically within the range of most indoor environments. It can tolerate a minimum temperature of 50°F, but cold drafts and sudden temperature changes should be avoided. Ideal growth is seen when the plant is kept in a consistent, warm climate without exposure to extreme heat or cold.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Spurflower to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth, typically doing so once in the spring and again in the summer if needed. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to trim back leggy stems and remove any yellowing or dead leaves. The best time for pruning is just before the plant enters its active growth phase in the spring.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Plectranthus ciliatus 'Easy Gold', commonly known as Spurflower, thrives in well-draining soil with a good mix of potting soil, peat, and perlite. Aim for a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Spurflower should typically be repotted every 2-3 years. If it outgrows its pot or the soil becomes compacted, repot in spring using fresh potting mix.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Spurflower prefers moderate to high humidity levels, ideally between 40%-60%. Avoid overly dry air which can lead to leaf problems.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Spurflower in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Ensure Spurflower is in partial shade outdoors.

    • Hardiness zone

      10-11 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Plectranthus 'Easy Gold', commonly known as Spurflower, begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in moist, warm soil in partial to full shade. Following germination, the seedling develops into a young plant with characteristic gold and green variegated leaves, becoming more vibrant with adequate light. As it matures, the Spurflower enters a vegetative stage, producing trailing stems and broad leaves, which can easily root at nodes when they come in contact with soil, thereby spreading and forming dense mats. Periodically, especially in late summer or early fall, it produces small, tubular lavender to white flowers in terminal spikes that attract pollinators. After pollination, flowers develop into small, inconspicuous fruits containing seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. The plant can also be propagated vegetatively through stem cuttings, which will root easily and grow into new plants, bypassing the seed stage.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring - Summer

    • The Plectranthus ciliatus 'Easy Gold', more commonly known as Spurflower, can be propagated by stem cuttings, which is the most popular method for this plant. Select a healthy stem of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) and cut it just below a leaf node. Remove the leaves from the lower half of the cutting to prevent decay when planted. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone powder to encourage root development. Plant the cutting in a pot filled with a well-draining potting mix composed of peat and perlite or sand, ensuring that the leaf nodes are buried where the leaves were removed. Cover the pot with a transparent plastic bag to create a mini greenhouse environment, which will help maintain humidity. Keep the pot in a warm area with indirect sunlight and ensure the soil stays moist but not waterlogged. Roots typically form within a few weeks, after which the plastic can be removed, and the plant can continue to grow until it's ready for transplanting or repotting.