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Blue Plumbago

Plumbago auriculata

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Plumbago auriculata

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Plumbago auriculata Plant Information

Scientific Name: Plumbago auriculata
Common Name: blue plumbago
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Suggested Uses: perennial; best as a summer annual in zones colder than 8

beds & borders
Plant Form: upright, rounded
Height: 2 - 4 feet
Spread: 2 - 4 feet
Foliage: 1-2" whorled or opposite, ovate leaves
Flower: short spikes of 2-4" blue or white flowers form globe-shaped clusters
Bloom Period: Summer
Sun: light shade - full sun
Water: medium water requirement

Soil: prefers a soil that is well-drained, moist, and fertile

pH adaptable

tolerates salt and high pH
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 8 - 11
Native Range: South Africa
Maintenance: pruning improves density and regularity of form

fertilize to prevent cholorosis

rapid growth rate
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot, crown rot, and chlorosis

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