PLUMBAGO auriculata 'Alba'

Commonly known as Cape leadwort

Pure white form
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
  • White
  • 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

PLUMBAGO auriculata 'Alba'

Available late spring to early summer 2023 - Spring according to the Met Office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore late spring is mid-April onwards. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
£17.00 each 
Delivery Information Available late spring to early summer 2023
  • Additional Features
    Pests & Diseases
    Red spider mites, mealy bugs and whiteflies if growing in greenhouse
    Place of origin
    South Africa
  • Flower Shape
    Dense, terminal, corymb-like racemes 15cm (6in) across
    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)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 8
    Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
    Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
    When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.

    RHS group 12 & 13
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    If growing outside.
  • Toxic - Category B - CAUTION
    Skin & eye irritant
    (Skin & eye irritant to pets)
  • Toxic - Category C
    Skin irritant

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