Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Moderate grower to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Long Bloom Season
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring through early winter
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 grower to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 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 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').
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.
Lore:
Although roots have been used medicinally in some cultures, plumbago's general toxicity has kept it out of the ethnobotanical references.