Royal Cape® Plumbago

Plumbago auriculata 'Monott'

SKU
06637
Huge clusters of vivid deep blue flowers cover this sprawling, vine-like shrub most of the year. Provides reliable evergreen color as a groundcover, bank cover, or container plant in frost-free areas. In colder zones, provides beautiful annual color.
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9 - 11

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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationplum-BAY-goh ah-rih-kew-LAY-tuh
LoreAlthough roots have been used medicinally in some cultures, plumbago's general toxicity has kept it out of the ethnobotanical references.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through Fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

Prefers light, well-drained, slightly 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9 - 11

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