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White Cape® Plumbago

Plumbago auriculata 'Monite'

Pronunciation: plum-BAY-goh ah-rih-kew-LAY-tuh
SKU #06636
9-11

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OVERVIEW
Description A profusion of large pure white flower clusters cover the plant most of the year. The dense, compact habit is great for containers and informal hedges. Thrives in warm summers and is not fussy about soil type, given good drainage. A good choice for a drought tolerant groundcover or bank plantings. A frost-tender evergreen.
Light Full sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Spring through Fall
Mature Size Fast growing; reaches 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Climbing
Flower Attributes Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Patent Act Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, 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 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.
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Cordyline (Cordyline); Canna (Canna); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)
CARE
Care 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.
HISTORY
Lore It 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.

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