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Plumbago auriculata


Water Needs

low; moderate; water wise; drought hardy

Plumbago auriculata
Shrub medium; Scrambler
Plumbago; Leadwort; Blousyselbos

2 – 3 m


Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade


tender; light


blue, white, dark blue; summer autumn

Garden Situation

sun; semi-shade; container; screen; shrubbery; hedge; slope bank; rockery gravel; am shade pm sun; windy exposed; walls; sandy soils; fast-growing easy-care; wildlife bees butterflies insects birds butterfly host


Coastal Eastern Cape; Coastal KZN; Fynbos; Urban streets; rocky places; grassland; woodland


Western Cape; Thicket; Subtropical East Coast; highveld; bushveld savanna

Rain Season

summer; winter

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A beautiful and useful clambering shrub that is cherished around the world for its sticky blue flowers and cheerful exuberance. Throughout summer, a froth of round flower head - white, original pale blue to the deep Royal Cape variety - cover the bright green leaves. A lovely shrub to clamber down retaining walls, on steep, dry banks, as part of a screening shrubbery. Roots have a suckering habit, so a great choice to hold soil on banks. From the thicket region of the Eastern Cape. Water wise, evergreen, light to moderate frost, though it will recover after being cut back if frost damaged. Host plant for many butterfly species and loved by beetles.

Plumbago auriculata
Plumbago auriculata
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