• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Carefree Color
    Blooms:
    Spring through Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:plum-BAY-go a-rik-u-LAY-ta
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 28
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
    Special features:Easy Care, Waterwise
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring through Fall
    Flower color:Blue
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
    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 PlantsCordyline (Cordyline); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Canna (Canna); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Bush Daisy (Euryops)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Prefers light, well-drained, sightly acidic soils, but highly adaptable. Space 3 to 5 ft. apart for best effect. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. 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
    Lore:
    Although roots have been used medicinally in some cultures, plumbago's general toxicity has kept it out of the ethnobotanical references.