Plumbago auriculata

Cape leadwort

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Plant type

Conservatory climber

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (15252)

Plant details

Cape leadwort grows as a scrambling climber in its native habitat of South Africa, growing through and over supports and other plants. From summer until late autumn it is covered in heads of sky-blue flowers. In the cooler climes of the UK, it is best grown in a container where it can be moved into a frost-free area during winter or as a conservatory climber. Under glass, plants may need restrictive pruning in early spring to keep them in check. Tie shoots onto their supports. Plants need a bright spot in well-drained soil. Feed once a month during the growing season. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Plumbaginaceae

Genus: Plumbago

Species: auriculata

Plant type: Conservatory climber

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to prune: March to April

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