Plumbago auriculata
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Plumbago auriculata

cape leadwort
Cape plumbago

  family plumbaginaceae 
  genus plumbago 

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Genus  Plumbago Species  auriculata Variety  Cultivar  Common names  cape leadwort   Cape plumbago Family  PLUMBAGINACEAE Specimen number  S11376 Data source  HtZn p156
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  6' - 8' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 09a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-05 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  A good use for this plant is in areas with seaside conditions. This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 20� Fahrenheit. Plumbago auriculata needs summer days with high heat. Cape plumbago (also known as cape leadwort) does best in full sun to partial shade. It likes well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses  Seaside conditions Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Plumbago auriculata is a woody perennial. Cape plumbago (locally known in some parts as cape leadwort) is evergreen. Flowers appear almost year-round. Flowers are often found in such colors as white, azure or blue.

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