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Plumbago

Plumbago auriculata and other Plumbago species, hybrids and cultivars

Family: Plumbaginaceae


Vigorous and easy to grow in full sun in SE Qld. Thin caney stems produce a loose shrub, or tend to climb or scramble with suitable support. Although pruning hard every now and again will encorage bushiness, it is not suitable for a mixed shrubbery.

Try it as an informal hedge, or allow it to cascade over a retaining wall or down a sunny bank.

In smaller gardens, train up a fence or trellis for a wall of flower. Alternatively, grow in a large container where it can spill over but be easily controlled.

Suitable for cottage and hertitage gardens, particularly the traditional cultivars with soft blue or white (Plumbago auriculata 'Alba') flowers. The cultivar 'Monott' PBR has a brighter blue flower and is commonly seen for sale in garden centres these days.

Because they are so floriferous, the plumbagos are ideal for white or blue colour-schemed gardens.

Plumbago capenis is a synonym of Plumbago auriculata. There is a native species: Plumbago zeylanica, which also occurs in SE Asia.



Where to buy Plumbago


The common varieties should be easy to find in most garden centres.

More unusual cultivars or species may be harder to obtain. If you operate a business (including mail order or online nursery) supplying Plumbago plants for sale to the public in Queensland, you can advertise in this section. Those selling rare types are especially urged to advertise. Information for advertisers.

Plumbago in the Landscape

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Young plant forming a mounding groundcover, but will soon outgrow the space and require regular cutting back.
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Plumbago can scramble with suitable support.


Other Information Resources


The following are for general information and research - some species or cultivars referred to in links may be unavailable in Australia, or difficult to obtain.
Cape Plumbago Plumbago auriculata Moody Demonstration Garden, Arizonia
Plumbago auriculata UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada
Monrovia Nursery Company USA, patent holder for Plumbago 'Monott' PBR
Plumbago capensis 'Royal Cape' The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Nila Chitrak Plumbago auriculata. Flowers of India
Lal Chitrak Plumbago indica . Flowers of India
Plumbago auriculata post at Typicalgardener's Blog, Malaysia
Plumbago zeylanica (Native plumbago) Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Plumbago zeylanica L. New South Wales Flora Online
Pacific flora database of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, USA. Select Plumbago zeylanica from the "Choose A Plant" menu
Chitrak Plumbago zeylanica. Flowers of India
White Desert Plumbago Plumbago scandens. Moody Demonstration Garden, Arizonia
Plumbago scandens Indian River Research and Education Center, University of Florida
Plumbago, Leadwort (Plumbago auriculata, Plumbago zeylanica (P. scandens), Plumbago indica) Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Plumbago Queensland Poisons Information Centre
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