Plumbago auriculata

Plumbago auriculata
Botanical Family: Plubagnaceas

Common names:

  • Leadwort, Skyflower, Plumbago
  • French
  • Hausa
  • Djarma
  • Gourmanche
  • Tamashek
Plumbago is an evergreen shrub with-like semi woody stems that form a loose, rounded mound 3-10 ft (0.9-3 m) high with a similar spread. Plumbago can be pruned to grow like a vine and scramble over supports, or pruned into a more compact mounded shrub, or left to sprawl with its long, gracefully arching branches. The 2 m (5cm) oblong leaves are a fresh , light yellowish green color. The sky blue flowers are 1 in (2.5 cm) long tubes expanding into 5 petals spreading about 1 in across. The flowers are borne in rounded terminal clusters 6 in (15 cm) across and look quite a bite like phlox flowers. Plumbago blooms all year long except for the coldest winter months. Plumbago is native to South Africa, and is a popular ornamental in subtropical gardens in Africa, Florida and California.

Culture : Plumbago does best in light, sandy soils with good drainage. Do not add lime to the soil, plumbago like slightly acidic pH. The foliage may turn yellow due to manganese sulfate will cure that. Plumbago should be pruned heavily to keep it neat and within bounds and to make it bushy to maximize the number of flowers. It produces its flowers on the current season’s growth, so you can prune plumbago in late winter and not worry about cutting off flower buds. Light: Full sun. Flowering will be reduced in partial shade. Moisture: Plumbago survives with little watering once established, and is considered moderately drought tolerant. Propagation: Propagate plumbago from semi ripe tip cuttings in summer. It can also be grown from seeds. Usage: Use plumbago in borders, foundation plantings, and for color massed in beds. Many gardeners us plumbago as a background or filler plant under and in front of shrubs that have stronger frameworks. Plumbago can be pruned as a formal hedge, or used in mixed informal hedges. Its rambling habit makes plumbago highly suitable for use as a flowering ground wave. Plumbago also is used as a porch or patio container plant that spills over the sides and showers the air with pretty blue fowers. Features: Plumbago flowers bloom most of the spring, summer and fall in various shades of blue. A favorite of butterflies, plumbago also is one of the most popular flowering shrubs in West and South Africa gardens. It is very fast growing, has few problems and is almost always smiling

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