Blue Plumbago Overview
Plumbago auriculata is a popular, evergreen shrub that scrambles (with support) over walls and archways. It can also be trained against a sheltered, sunny wall outside - or under glass. Its beautiful light to medium blue flowers appear from summer to autumn and its evergreen leaves are spoon-shaped and light green. It is a vigorous plant that grows fast. Because it is tender, Cape leadwort - a name by which it's also known - is best grown as a conservatory plant in frost-prone areas. Preferring full sun outdoors, it can tolerate partial shade and needs fertile, well-drained soil. Originally from South Africa, Plumbago auriculata is popular with a wide range of wildlife. It is used as a traditional medicine and its sticky flowers are used by children to make earrings!