• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Long Bloom Season
    Spring through Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:plum-BAY-go a-rik-u-LAY-ta
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 24
    Growth habit:Mounding, Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring through Fall
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasA shrubby climber is the perfect plant for the back of mixed borders, particularly along fence lines where it may be trained up and over. Perhaps one of the best plants to sprawl as erosion control on banks and slopes needing soil coverage with evergreen foliage year around. With slight trimming this makes an elegant foundation plant that cloaks ugly footings and utilities. Adaptation to partial shade is a good opportunity for planting under spreading canopies of old trees on boulevard or in backyard. Superior filler for tropical gardens and around pool areas where light green foliage is bright and lush. This is also one of the best warm climate white flowers to reflect moonlight in night gardens.
    Companion PlantsCordyline (Cordyline); Canna (Canna); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers light, well-drained, slightly acidic soils, but highly adaptable. Space 3 to 5 ft. apart for best effect. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: fall after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    This white flowering cultivar was discovered as a sport of P. ariculata 'Royal Cape' and introduced in 2001 by Monrovia. These plumbagos are often confused with the European species formerly known as plumbago. Leadworts would later be reclassified into their own genus Ceratostigma leaving these tropical plants as the genus Plumbago. P. auriculata originates at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. They were originally named and described by Carl Thunberg in his work on that region and its diverse botany, Flora Capensis.
    It is believed the acridity in the root of the plants is a remedy for toothache. It has long been used in France where it was named dentalaire. Also, a decoction of the root and olive oil is a remedy for itching.