Plumbago can be grown as a bush or a climber-vine. Plumbago got its name because it was believed to combat lead-poisoning. The Latin word for Lead is Plumb (for example: plumbing equals lead pipes). You don’t need much room – I was able to plant it in a 3-inch trench next to a wall. Every winter I cut it back to two feet high. Every year it needs several prunings to keep it from overtopping the 8-foot walls in my Sunnyvale garden.


Family: Plumbaginaceae (plum-baj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumbago (plum-BAY-go) (Info)
Species: auriculata (aw-rik-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Plumbago capensis


Shrubs Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height: 3 to 10 feet

Spacing:2 – 4 feet

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade

Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color: Light Blue

Bloom Time: Blooms repeatedly

Foliage: Evergreen

Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping. This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information: Non-patented

Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootball. From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting: Unknown – Tell us

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