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Plant Species of the genus Plumbago

Information about this genus
Name: Plumbago
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: The taller shrubby species may be trained as climbers if grown against a wall. They also respond well to repeated trimming and may be grown as low hedges. The shorter forms do well in containers and in a warm climate will provide color on a patio or balcony for much of the year. Plumbagos are not fussy about soil provided it is moist and well drained. Prune in late winter to thin congested growth and remove any frost-damaged wood. Plant in full sun and propagate from seed, half-hardened cuttings or by layers.
Description: There are about 15 species of annuals, perennials and shrubs in this genus, widely distributed throughout the tropics and subtropics. They have simple light to mid-green leaves and can become rather sparsely foliaged and twiggy if not trimmed. Their main attraction is their flowers, which appear throughout the warmer months. Carried on short racemes, they are very narrow tubes tipped with 5 relatively large lobes. The flowers come in white or various shades of pink and blue.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Plumbago auriculata 9-11
Plumbago indica 10-12
Plumbago zeylanica 10-12

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