When we replanted the back garden many months ago, I bought a little plant with small colourful variegated foliage. The small leaves are green with thick creamy margin. The reddish stems and spikes of pink flowers make this pretty plant even brighter.

Hemizygia hybrid by the name of ‘Candy Kisses’ is an upright perennial  plant which produces sprays of blooms that are prominently  held above the foliage.

  • Height to 1 m
  • Width to 80 cm
  • Full sun to part shade position
  • Warm frost free position
  • Well drain soil
  • Good for floral and foliage display
  • Well suited for cottage garden, containers or tubs and as a feature plant
  • Prune lightly after flowering to make it more compact and attractive.

Originally, plant genus Hemizygia ( family: Lamiaceae) is native to Africa. It has around 35 known species in which the 28 species are found in South Africa.

Now it is the last month of autumn here in Australia, and our Hemizygia ‘Candy Kisses’ is flowering. Even in times when there are very few blooms, surely this plant will brighten up the garden.

 

Update, July 29-2012:

Mid winter picture of our Hemizygia ‘Candy Kisses’:

October 5, 2014: Notes about this plant: Our H. ‘Candy Kisses’ died during the scorching heat of summer earlier this year (over 40 deg.C). This plant was apparently hybridised in Australia:

https://kiyanti2008.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/patented-plant-hybrids/