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PlantFiles: Scarlet Leadwort
Plumbago indica

Family: Plumbaginaceae (plum-baj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumbago (plum-BAY-go) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Plumbago coccinea
Synonym:Plumbago rosea

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

20 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Lily_love On Dec 3, 2008, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is my first year with this lovely plant as a container tender perennial. It's now blooming indoor and is a great source for cut flowers during winter. With its hardiness down to 10 degrees F. (zone 8A), I'll try a spot in the garden with this plant next spring; should it proven to be hardy here, I'll add my region's zipcode.

Neutral rketteri On Apr 20, 2003, rketteri wrote:

I have come across this plant in greenhouse research. It is a short day/long night plant, meaning it needs to get less than a certain amount of hours of sunlight to induce blooming. It is commonly found in Sri Lanka, and the roots are used and highly studied for medicinal purposes.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

De Leon Springs, Florida
Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
San Antonio, Texas

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