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Plumbago auriculata

 
Plumbago auriculata
plumbago

Synonym(s) Plumbago capensis
Common name plumbago
Family plumbaginaceae
Life cycle tender shrub (Z8-11)
Flowers soft blue (summer-fall)
Size 24-36"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained garden soil, not too dry; heat-tolerant

Clusters of five-petaled phlox-like flowers on a woody perennial/shrub native to South Africa. The specimen in the photo at right was just planted, in mid-spring. It continued to bloom off and on through summer, and was looking rather nice by summer's end (photo at top), but still with decidedly the appearance of a herbaceous perennial. Plumbago seems to inhabit the annual shelves at local nurseries, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will turn out to persist in our garden. If it does, I'll be faced with whether to leave it unpruned, to grow into a somewhat unruly mound, prune it to keep to a desired size, or even train it up our fence as a vine. Decisions decisions...

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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