Royal Cape® Plumbago
Royal Cape® Plumbago
Plumbago auriculata 'Monott'Item #6637 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
Huge clusters of vivid deep-blue flowers cover this sprawling, vine-like shrub most of the year. Provides reliable color as a groundcover, bank cover or container plant in frost free areas. In colder zones, provides beautiful annual color.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:plum-BAY-go a-rik-u-LAY-taPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 28Growth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring through early winterFlower color:BlueFlower attributesShowy FlowersPatent 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 backyard. Superior filler for tropical gardens and around pool areas where light green foliage is bright and lush.Companion PlantsGroup this with tropical beauties such as Erin Rachel Hibiscus, (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Erin Rachel'), Black Knight Canna, (Canna x generalis 'Black Knight'), Variegated Shell Ginger, (Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata') Princess Flower, (Tibouchina urvilleana), Flame Kaffir Lily, (Clivia miniata 'Monya') and Festival Grass, (Cordyline x 'Jurred').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: fall after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreLore:Although roots have been used medicinally in some cultures, plumbago's general toxicity has kept it out of the ethnobotanical references.