Cape Blue Plumbago

Plumbago auriculata

  • Plumbago shrubs need plenty of room.
  • A fine choice for the outdoor landscape.
  • Does best in full sun to partial shade.
  • Can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

The plumbago plant is actually a shrub and in its natural surroundings can grow 6 to 10 feet tall with a spread of 8 to 10 feet. It is native to South Africa, and knowing this provides the first clue to how to grow a plumbago, along with where to grow one. Plumbago thrives in the South African heat and in the United States it is found growing year-round in the southernmost parts of Texas and Florida. Plumbago plants are sprawling shrubs with branches that resemble vines. It is prized for the profusion of blue phlox-like flowers it produces for extended periods of time. It has few pests and diseases are rare. Two additional bonuses are its deer resistance and, once established, these easy growing shrubs also tolerate drought.

Common Names: Plumbago, Cape Leadwort