Written by Don Richardson

Toilet Paper Plant (Plectranthus Barbatus)
Plant Type
Perennial Shrub
6-8’ tall, 4’ spread
Sun Exposure
Full sun – part shade
Soil Type
Light sand, loam, clay
Soil pH
6.0- acidic - neutral
Bloom Time
Summer - Fall
Hardiness Zones
9-11   Food Forest Plant
Moist, well drained, drought
25°F – protect under 32°F
Spreads by offshoots
Edible Plant
Yes - Roots
Medicinal Plant
Any reference to medicinal or culinary use of plants or plant parts should in no way be considered an endorsement by The Ocala Food Forest or its staff. Research is crucial in safe and proper consumption or experimentational use of any plant.

Have you ever heard of the Plectranthus Barbatus? Also known as the Toilet Paper plant, this unique and attractive flowering plant is native to South Africa and has been gaining popularity in recent years. It's easy to see why; with its bright green foliage and striking white flowers, it's an eye-catching addition to any home or garden. But what else do we know about this fascinating plant? Let’s take a closer look at the Plectranthus Barbatus and find out.
Physical Characteristics 
The Plectranthus Barbatus is an evergreen perennial with fleshy stems and glossy, heart-shaped leaves that are typically a vibrant shade of green but can sometimes have reddish or purple tints. This plant produces clusters of white flowers that have a mild, sweet scent, resembling those of mint or oregano. Its flowers can bloom all year round if the weather permits, although they typically bloom in late summer or early fall. The Toilet Paper plant grows quickly and can reach heights of up to three feet tall when mature.
Care Instructions 
The Toilet Paper plant is relatively easy to care for compared to other types of plants, as long as its basic needs are met. It should be planted in well-drained soil in a location that receives full sun or partial shade; too much shade will cause the foliage to become leggy and sparse. When watering your Plectranthus Barbatus, make sure not to overdo it; too much water can lead to root rot. Additionally, fertilize the soil every two weeks during the growing season for best results.
Uses for This Plant 
In addition to its decorative value, there are several practical uses for the Toilet Paper plant. Its leaves contain oils that are used in traditional medicine to treat fever and headaches; these oils also have antibacterial properties which make them useful for treating skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Additionally, some people use the leaves of this plant as toilet paper due to their soft texture! As if that weren’t enough, it’s also commonly used as an ornamental border along paths or walkways due to its low maintenance requirements and attractive appearance.  
From traditional medicinal uses to simply adding some greenery indoors or outdoors, there are plenty of reasons why you might want a Plectranthus Barbatus - otherwise known as the toilet paper plant - in your home or garden! With its bright green foliage and beautiful white flowers that bloom all year round if weather permits it's no wonder why this unique flowering plant has become so popular lately - so don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity! Give your home an extra touch of beauty with a Toilet Paper Plant today!


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