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Plumbago auriculata 'Alba'

Family: Plumbaginaceae (plum-baj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumbago (plum-BAY-go) (Info)
Species: auriculata (aw-rik-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

Synonym:Plumbago capensis

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive teresalt01 On Jun 12, 2011, teresalt01 from Tampa, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Beautiful alternative to the more common blue plumbago. We have been very pleased to see that this has not 'reverted' to the more common blue - as so many 'unusual hybrid's seem to want to revert back to their roots after a couple of seasons in the garden

Positive beemoth1 On May 31, 2010, beemoth1 from Hilton Head Island, SC wrote:

I was given a cutting of white plumbago several years ago and it has become very prolific, to say the least. Last year I cut it back to the ground and has rebounded in both its original spot and in the form of many shoots springing up everywhere. Does anyone know how to propagate from the seedlings? They are not suckers, as they are not attached to the mother plant; some are 6 or 7 feet away. I've tried to dig them up but there are no visible roots. Any thoughts?

Positive curlytunes On Oct 23, 2008, curlytunes from Shawnee, OK wrote:

I brought this plant with me whenever I moved from San Antonio and kept it in a pot in my backyard greenhouse for a couple of years during the winter. I finally planted it 4 years ago. I rake several inches of leaves up around it whenever cold weather arrives and so far it has come back every year. I also planted a blue one and it is still with me also here in Shawnee, OK

Positive QueenieBee On Oct 25, 2006, QueenieBee from Anthony, FL wrote:

I have the white and the blue Plumbago and love them! They are virtually "no fuss" plants once they are established.

Positive JaxFlaGardener On Jul 5, 2006, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is very attractive when intermixed with the typical blue varieties of Plumbago. The flower shape is similar to garden phlox and has somewhat of the effect of being a giant phlox plant. Allow alll Plumbago plenty of room in a flower bed or rear border of a garden planting or else plan to keep it pruned to a more upright growth habit. The large cascading branches can overwhelm surrounding plants and cause them to suffer from lack of light.



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

Tucson, Arizona
Aptos, California
Anthony, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Bokeelia, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Homosassa, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Port Charlotte, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Thonotosassa, Florida
Derby, Kansas
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Brazoria, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Zapata, Texas

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