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Question: I recently bought 2 flowering bushes from the hardware store and the side of the pot simply says Plumbego. I've tried searching various sites and have been unable to find this shrub. The shrub is about 2'x 2' with small light purple blooms (several per flower).

I'm trying to verify the name of the shrub/plant and determine where to plant it depending on it's requirements. Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Answer: Plumbago auriculata is a tender shrub (cold hardy only to warmer parts of zone 8) that blooms during the summer. In colder climates it can be grown as a container plant and brought indoors for the winter. It needs full sun to grow its best and can be tied in and/or trimmed as needed to control size. It blooms on new growth of the season, so any major pruning would be done in late winter to very early spring. Grow it on the dry side while it is indoors and be sure to acclimate it gradually when moving it indoors and back out again. Enjoy your plumbago!

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