White Leadwort, Chitrak, Chitra

Plumbago zeylanica

Family: Plumbaginaceae (plum-baj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumbago (plum-BAY-go) (Info)
Species: zeylanica (zey-LAN-ee-kuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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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:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year


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Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 16, 2010, PeteP from Kandy
Sri Lanka (Zone 11) wrote:

This perennial plant grows in many tropical and subtropical regions and is very easy to grow. It likes sun to half shade. It flowers all year long in the tropics and attracts many butterflies. The flowers fade in the morning and new ones open up in the afternoon. In dry regions the branches and leaves might die off during a long dry period, but will return from the tuberous roots when the rains start.
The variety I grow in my garden here in Sri Lanka has double the size flowers as the common variety growing here. The plant is also larger and has attractive, curly, dark green leaves instead of the flat, grey-green leaves of the normal variety. This variety is not as weedy as the common one. I found it growing wild in a remote mountain valley and have not seen it elsewhere.


On Jun 27, 2006, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

Left to go wild, it can become invasive as it seeds profusely and germinates easily. Pulling out older plants that have grown that way will require some effort - esp. in unwanted places. So, pulling them out when they are small will be easier. Its lovely white flowers are a beauty though. Walking close to the old plants with seeds will see them sticking to clothes and hairs. Perhaps this is another way of seed propagation.