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Blue Plumbago
Blue Plumbago

Blue Plumbago

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Blue Plumbago (aka - Leadwort, Cape plumbago)
Scientific Name: Plumbago auriculata
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History/general species info: Native to South Africa. Also known as Cape plumbago and leadwort. The name Plumbago is derived from plumbum meaning lead, referring to it being a supposed cure for lead poisoning. Auriculata means ear-shaped and refers to the leaf base. Reliable, resilient plant which has been popular for home gardens as well as commercial landscapes for many years. Plumbago may be found in gardens all over the world,

Characteristics: Tender perennial. Low mounding shrub. Lush blue flowers that , this beautiful thrives in our Texas heat and produces clusters of light blue flowers and pale green leaves from spring through fall. Deer resistant. Texas Superstar®.

Native: no, but well adapted

Flower: yes; blue

Planting / Care: Fast growing in sand. Withstands light pruning throughout the growing season, which encourages more blooming and helps maintain its shape. During winter, it benefits from heavier pruning.  Root hardy - survived 2021 and 2022 heavy freezes. Deer resistant. All parts are poisonous. Texas Superstar®.  

Size and Spacing: Height: 3-4' Spread: 5'

Light requirement:  Sun to part shade

Water requirement: low once established

Wildlife: butterflies, bees


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