• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall, 6- 8 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flowers
    Spring through early winter
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:plum-BAY-go a-rik-u-LAY-ta
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 12 - 28
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall, 6- 8 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring through early winter
    Flower color:Blue
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    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 backyard. Superior filler for tropical gardens and around pool areas where light green foliage is bright and lush.
    Companion PlantsCordyline (Cordyline); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Bush Daisy (Euryops); Canna (Canna); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    Although roots have been used medicinally in some cultures, plumbago's general toxicity has kept it out of the ethnobotanical references.