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PLUMBAGO auriculata 'Alba'

Commonly known as Cape leadwort

Pure white form
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
£16.50 each 

Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2021
plant size comparison icon 1.5 to 2 Litre
  • 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
  • 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) -
  • 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.
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