Blister Leaf, Blue Plumbago
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A popular reliable, resilient garden shrub with light blue trumpet shaped flowers. Flowering mainly from November to May and attracts butterflies. Its sticky flowers are used by children to make earrings. As a traditional medicine is can be used to treat warts, broken bones and wounds, is used as a snuff for headaches. It can be used as a hedge and it may be best to prune to keep it tidy. Can be grown in full sun to semi-shade. The dark blue variety is called "Royal Cape" in nurseries in South Africa.
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Pick as needed.
Sowing time is in autumn. Sow 3m apart and place a thin layer of soil over the seeds. Do not sow deep in the soil. Germination should be more or less one month.
Cuttings can be used but is less successful when compared to suckering. Use semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings and place in well-drained river sand till roots have formed.
This is the best way to propagate the Cape Leadwort. Cut the sucker with roots and stem off and plant in the desired area.
Birds, like the Robin, will visit your garden in flowering time.
Attracts useful insects
Cape Leadwoth is visited regularly by butterflies which could also serve as a pollinator for other plants.
Make sure the soil is rich is compost and water regularly if placed in full-sun.
This is the main use of this wonderful plant. You can prune the Cape Leadwoth in winter to encourage flowering. The plant does produce suckers, so take this into consideration when planting.
This plant was spread by the Dutch East India Company.
Valley Bushveld and thicket
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
As a traditional medicine it has been reported that Cape Leadwoth has been used to treat warts, broken bones and wounds, is used as a snuff for headaches.
Grows quickly into a dense hedge of medium height.
Hardy with little defects or insect pests.