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Plumbago auriculata

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Plumbago capensis
Phonetic Spelling
plum-BAY-go aw-rik-yoo-LAY-tah
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This plant can be grown as an annual, or in a container as a perennial, that is brought indoors and placed in a bright sunny room for the colder months.  Water container plants sparingly in the winter.  If treating as a perennial, cut back in late winter to encourage new growth for the upcoming season.  It can also be cut back in the winter and stored in a cool, dark environment.  

The white, blue or pink flowers are in a terminal cluster, tubular, 5-parted with spreading lobes. In the right environment, it will flower year-round. 

Although technically a shrub, with a little assistance it can be trained to perform like a vine.  Its arching branches will need tying.  If the plant becomes leggy, it can be cut back to control.   It has a suckering habit. 

 

 

 

More information on Plumbago.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
    White flowers
  • 'Imperial Blue'
    Blue flower, also called Blue Cape Plumbago
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#showy fruit
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Alba'
    White flowers
  • 'Imperial Blue'
    Blue flower, also called Blue Cape Plumbago
Tags:
#evergreen#showy flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#showy fruit
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Plumbago
    Species:
    auriculata
    Family:
    Plumbaginaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mozambique to South Africa
    Climbing Method:
    Scrambler
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    Barbed, sticky fruit capsules
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    White
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    A cluster of soft blue, pinkish, or white phlox-like flowers on new growth from summer to fall
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2 in. pale green leaves; alternate, simple, not toothed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Salt
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    SKIN IRRITATION SEVERE! Irritation, redness, and blistering following contact.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Plumbagin, a quinone
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems