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Plumbago scandens

Family: Plumbaginaceae (plum-baj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumbago (plum-BAY-go) (Info)
Species: scandens (SKAN-dens) (Info)

Synonym:Plumbago floridana
Synonym:Plumbago mexicana

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

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
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive GumboLimbo On Jun 20, 2004, GumboLimbo from North Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This native, sprawling groundcover/shrub is an excellent shade groundcover for South Florida, where it spreads and fills in quickly. I hear it also does well in Texas and the Southwest. If it grows out of bounds or becomes leggy, simply whack it back once or twice a year and it responds quickly with denser, fuller growth. It is the larval host plant for the Cassius Blue butterfly.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Hollywood, Florida
Jupiter, Florida
North Palm Beach, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Harlingen, Texas

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