Plumbago auriculata, Gardeners everywhere find it easy to fall in love with Plumbago, a
tropical flowering shrub that blooms nonstop and produces clusters of
sky-blue flowers -- one of the rarest colors in the flower world. Hardy
in Zones 9 and 10, plumbago typically grows about 6 feet tall, making it
a favorite foundation planting in the tropics. It mixes well with other
shrubs in landscape beds and borders, and even thrives in large
containers. Plumbago has also become a must-have plant for butterfly
Because plumbago flowers practically nonstop and is so easily to grow,
this tropical has found its way North and frequently used throughout the
country as a container-garden plant or annual in areas that experience
frosty temperatures over winter. It's lovely by itself, but mixes
beautifully with other plants, as well -- especially those with big,
coarse textures and contrasting colors.
Grow plumbago in full sun or light shade. It can tolerate fairly dense
shade, but doesn't bloom well -- if at all -- without the sun.
Water plumbago during extended dry spells; it's quite drought tolerant.
That said, this flowering shrub will grow fastest and bloom best if it's
watered regularly through the season.
You typically don't need to worry about fertilizing plumbago if you grow
it in landscape beds and borders (either as an annual or perennial). If
you grow it in container gardens, it is best to fertilize regularly
with a general-purpose fertilizer. Follow the directions on the
packaging and apply the fertilizer in the spring and summer months.
Outside: Part sun
Medium water needs
Super-easy to grow
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