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Little River Cooperative

Toilet Paper Plant aka Blue Spur Flower

Regular price $12.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $12.00 USD
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Toilet Paper Plant
Plectranthus barbatus

days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant per 10 square feet
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: mealy bugs and lookalike plantsharvest notes: harvest large leaves as needed, plant will stay bushy if its pruned often

If this plant looks familiar to you and youre thinking, “I know this plant, but i use it as an herb” then you’ve mistaken it for its very similar looking and popular cousin, cuban oregano. While cuban oregano is super fragrant and used as a cooking herb, Blue Spur Flower, aka toilet paper plant, has no aroma and isn’t used in a culinary way, its main use is as an ornamental and as a living sustainable alternative to toilet paper! This is a super fun perennial shrub that makes a cute blue flower, grows very easily, responds well to pruning and yes, it makes the perfect soft yet firm toilet paper option. Propagates easily from cuttings so you can make new plants to give away to friends. Spread the TP leaf love! While looking for pics of this cutie in the wild we found a fun blog article and video made by Florida Sustainability icon Rob Greenfield, check it out!


All of our plants are produced using OMRI certified organic materials (potting mix, fertilizer & pesticides) however our nursery is not certified organic. Plants are shipped in compostable peat moss pots and we use heirloom & organic seeds whenever possible.

Shipping & Returns

We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here. 


All of our plants are potted in 4" pots and their foliage size varies based on how large the plant is naturally when its root ball is the correct size for the pot. If a plant is too tall for our shipping box we may prune it to fit (bonus: many plants do better after being pruned since they make bushier growth). We do our very best to ship all of our plants in the "sweet spot" of maturity however so long as the roots have colonized the pot we will consider a plant mature enough to ship.

Care Instructions

When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.

  • What Our Customers Have to Say:

    This is a great, local organization with really knowledgeable & friendly staff. They make gardening easy and accessible, and I've purchased many high quality plants and equipment from them.
    -Kate Black (5 star google review)

  • And Another One:

    How lucky we are to have a resource like Little River Cooperative here in Miami, not only for the access they offer to a great selection of plants and produce, but also for the knowledge they provide and the sense of community they foster!
    -Nick Vagnoni (5 star google review)