Royal Cape® Plumbago
Plumbago auriculata 'Monott'
Pronunciation: plum-BAY-goh ah-rih-kew-LAY-tuh
|Description||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.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Spring through fall|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 5 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide in natural form.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Privacy Screen, Ground Cover, Hillside|
|Design Ideas||A 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 Plants||Cordyline (Cordyline); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Canna (Canna); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Bush Daisy (Euryops)|
|Care||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.|
|Lore||Although roots have been used medicinally in some cultures, plumbago's general toxicity has kept it out of the ethnobotanical references.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.