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Plumbago auriculata f. alba

Plumbago auriculata f. alba is a sprawling evergreen shrub from the Plumbaginaceae family of plants. They also call it the Plumbago auriculata ‘Alba’, White Cape Leadwort, White Cape Plumbago, Plumbago capensis alba, Plumbago capensis ‘Alba’, or White Plumbago du Cap. It is native to South Africa.

Plumbago auriculata f. alba
Plumbago auriculata f. alba in Los Angeles, California

The name auriculata is referring to the shape of leaves as they seem to have ears, and it means with ears. Plumbago auriculata f. alba grows to about 1.8m or 6ft tall. It has tender stems with spoon-shaped, green leaves. The flowers are white, trumpet-shaped, and five-lobed. They grow on short racemes. Plumbago auriculata f. alba flower profusely from spring into summer. In milder climates, it could flower much longer if not all year.

How to grow Plumbago auriculata f. alba:

Grow Plumbago auriculata f. alba in the sun or partial shade. Protect it from strong winds. Plant it in rich, fertile, and well-drained soil. It is drought-tolerant when established but slightly acidic, moist soils will help it grow during the growing season. It is generally disease-free and pest-free, but watch out for mealybugs, whitefly, and spider mite if grown indoors. Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. Cut the branches by a few buds if you would like it to grow bushier. It is heat tolerant, deer resistant but it attracts butterflies and bees.

Plumbago auriculata f. alba
Plumbago auriculata f. alba

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