General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Plant Height: To 10 feet
Plant Spread: 8 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Erosion control
Guardian plant
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Layering
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Goes Dormant
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®

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Common names
  • Plumbago
  • Cape Leadwort

Photo Gallery
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-08-30 
#Pollination - Spicebush Swallowtail visiting  blooms
Uploaded by _Bleu_
Location: Thomasville, GA USA
Date: 2019-05-27
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-09-19
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas -- Bad Internet right now; If in wrong place, feel free to comment. Photos might jump sometimes
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Guimarães, Portugal
Date: 2023-06-06
Tentative ID.
Location: Orange County, California
Date: 2014-06-26
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-03-31
Uploaded by lovemyhouse
Location: my garden, Florida
Date: 2018-07-10
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-05-29
Beautiful blue blooms on this year round blooming Florida shrub.
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: August 
Plumbago
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2016-07-29
Location: Arenas Valley, New Mexico my greenhouse
Date: 2015
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Date: October, 2010
Location: Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin, Texas
Date: 2022-04-05
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: June 12, 2003
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Arenas Valley, New Mexico my greenhouse
Date: 2016-07-07
Location: Tarragona (Spain)
Date: 2023-09-12
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2006-09-16
I get deepest blue with just dappled sun.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-12-20
Houston (unusual snow)
Location: Austin, Texas
Date: 2022-04-05
Location: Mysore, India
Date: 2008
I loved this plant for its blue flowers.  I no longer grow it.
Location: Van der Veer Botanical Garden Davenport, Iowa
Date: 2011-07-02
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Date: October, 2011
Location: Colima, Colima Mexico (USDA Zone 11)
Date: 2015-08-12
Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) young plant with first buds
Location: Vander Veer Botanical Gardens - Davenport, Iowa
Date: 7-3-12
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Date: 2016-11-05
this is the same plant from 2011, still doing well
Location: Nita's garden 
Date: 2015-11-13
Location: Menton, France
Date: 2015-11-17
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-05-13
I painted the stepping stone and bench to match the blooms on the
Location: San Antonio TX
Date: 2017-07-27
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Nationale Plantentuin (Meise - Brussel - Belgium)
Date: 2019-10-21
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-01-23
Location: St. Augustine, FL.
Date: 2016-05-11
Location: Texas
Plumbago
Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Date: August, 2013
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2013-08-28
Gaura in the foreground (not ready to call it by the 'new' name,
Location: Kyle
Date: 2018-05-31
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-07-09
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2009-08-26
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-04-10
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Date: 2010-01-22
In a front yard
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-06-28
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2013-05-13
This is one of my favorite shrubs for Florida! Blooms year round
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
A reliable perennial / shrub even in extremes of Texas weather.
Location: Kaua'i
Date: 2014-06-24

Date: 2012-04-06
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-04-17
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Botanical garden of Crete
Date: 2022-06-01
Location: Houston
Date: 2012-05-01
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-10-22
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Rio de Janeiro town, Brazil
Date: 2013-12-04
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-03-13
Location: Nita's  garden 
Date: 2015-11-13
Location: Nita's garden 
Date: 2015-11-13
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-03-14
Cassius Blue butterflies lay eggs under the flowers and on the bu
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-10
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-10
Location: Houston
Date: 2011-7-22
Location: Colima, Colima Mexico (Zone 11)
Date: 2015-08-26
Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) seedling
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-11-26
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2011-12-17
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Comments:
  • Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Dec 22, 2014 9:55 PM concerning plant:
    Great plant for the Florida climate. As a butterfly gardener, I appreciate this not only as a fabulous nectar plant (especially for the Swallowtails), but also as a host for the Cassius Blue. It's a small butterfly, but if you've got this plant, you'll most likely have them nearly year-round flying around the plant. I've seen them flying on plumbagos lining a parking lot in downtown Tampa; that's how associated they are with this plant. They never stray too far from the plumbago, so be sure to plant some good nectar plants nearby, too. Oddly enough, I don't actually see them nectar on the plumbago. The Cassius Blues lay their eggs on the green stem just under the flower cluster, so keep that in mind when choosing to prune. And seriously, this plant draws in all types of Swallowtail butterflies as a nectar plant. They'll stay on it for minutes at a time, hitting each cluster of flowers, which gives me lots of photo opportunities!

    Plumbago does get touched by frost occasionally in the Tampa area where I live, but I can't recall losing one in the many years we've had them. You do need to prune them once the chance of frost is past to pretty them up and kickstart the growing process. Periodic pruning is necessary to keep the shape of the plant, if so desired. I've found them to be drought tolerant, but also tolerant of the extremely wet summers we get. We also grow these in the butterfly garden at the Museum of Science and Industry where I volunteer in the butterfly garden.

    Although it's not a native Florida plant, I would still recommend it because it's not invasive, it's hard to kill, and it does support wildlife. If you want to stay native, try Plumbago zeylanica, which has white flowers, instead.
  • Posted by dyzzypyxxy (Sarasota, Fl) on Aug 24, 2014 6:28 PM concerning plant:
    One of the very best landscape shrubs for warm, humid climates. It has an elegant, graceful sprawling habit but can be led up a support or fence to act as a screen. Takes very well to pruning, and easily kept to the right size and shape for any space. Once established it is carefree and drought tolerant, and the only pest I've ever had on mine were the Sri Lanka weevils, which took a shine to it one summer. They ate a few leaves, but they only inflicted cosmetic damage and are gone now. Blooms generously for at least 9 months of the year here in Florida.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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wow! by plantladylin Sep 21, 2011 11:47 AM 4
Correct ID? by Calif_Sue Jul 17, 2020 10:20 AM 2
Isn't it a Plumbago? by scvirginia Jun 27, 2021 11:30 PM 0

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