Plumbago auriculata

Cape leadwort

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour





Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Technically a South African shrub, it's typically treated as a climber and is best grown against a conservatory wall. The sky blue flowers (though there is a white version) appear at the ends of the whippy new growth, and last from summer to autumn. If it gets out of control, prune hard in spring and it'll send up a mass of new growth. It can be grown as an annual outside, but cut down and bring into a frost-free greenhouse over winter for planting out next spring. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS.

Family: Plumbaginaceae

Genus: Plumbago

Species: auriculata

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 450cm

Spread: 200cm

Time to prune: April to April

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Anne Waddington

Can I leave my plumbago out over winter

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