White Cape® Plumbago

Plumbago auriculata 'Monite' PP #13,953

Stunning clusters of snow white flowers are abundant, occurring most of the year from spring through fall. Creeping shrub adapts well to diverse applications from vertical espalier to sprawling groundcover on banks or as filler. Valuable light green foliage is ideal contrast against dark backgrounds or bronze-leaved plants. A natural for the tropical look that is stunning under moonlight. Full sun to partial shade. Fast growth to 4 feet tall, spreading to 4 to 6 feet wide.
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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
LoreIt is believed the acridity in the root of the plants is a remedy for toothache. It has long been used in France where it was named dentalaire. Also, a decoction of the root and olive oil is a remedy for itching.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 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 in backyard. Superior filler for tropical gardens and around pool areas where light green foliage is bright and lush. This is also one of the best warm climate white flowers to reflect moonlight in night gardens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Hillside, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Key FeatureLong Bloom Season

Prefers light, well-drained, slightly acidic soils, but highly adaptable. Space 3 to 5 ft. apart for best effect. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.

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