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Commonly known as Cape leadwort
(capensis) - blue Plumbago. Vigorous climber suitable for pots and tubs in the conservatory or as a greenhouse climber on trellis
Evergreen - oblong to oblong-spoon-shaped leaves 4-7cm (1½-3in) long matt green sometimes with a blue-grey tone.
Height - 3-6m(10-20ft)
Spread - 1-3m (3-10ft)
Climber - Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging - shrub grown as a climber with slender, whippy, moderately branching stems
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
Full sun - if growing outside
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - red spider mites, mealy bugs and whiteflies if growing in greenhouse
Place of origin - South Africa
Flower Shape - Racemes - dense, terminal, corymb-like racemes 15cm (6in) across
Tubular - long-tubed 4cm (1½in) long
Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - loam based potting compost (JI No.3) and with plenty of light
Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0)
Seasonal Interest - Autumn
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - if growing outside.
Plumbago - Growing Guide
Buy Varieties of PLUMBAGO auriculata
Harrod Horticulture Plant Supports - Arches - Obelisks & Trellis
Metal wall trellis
Steel garden trellis panels finished with ball finials. 10 year guarantee.
3 options from £10.45
Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
SB Plant Invigorator
This is a non-biological non-chemical plant insecticide and mildewcide. Works against the physical motion of the insect. Perfect for all plants and edible crops.
Max/Min Digital Thermometer
Thermometer which displays current temperature in the centre, with Max above and min below. Suitable for use outdoors or in the greenhouse / conservatory. With batteries included