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Plumbago auriculata 'Monott'

Family: Plumbaginaceae (plum-baj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumbago (plum-BAY-go) (Info)
Species: auriculata (aw-rik-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Monott
Additional cultivar information: (PP7822; aka Royal Cape)
Hybridized by Scott; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1990

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JSkrypt On Oct 4, 2010, JSkrypt from Surprise, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have two plumbago plants, one in full sun and one in partial shade. The one in partial shade is about 3 feet tall and about 5 feet wide, blooms almost continually (especially in our mild winters), thrives on very little water and has never been fertilized in the two years I've had it. The one in full sun has never taken off and is pretty much the same size it was when I brought it home from the nursery; it might do better if it got more water, but the point of it was low water use. All in all, they are pretty plants and given the right conditions can get very large. I would recommend this plant for the back of beds to provide some height and also to fill in larger areas.

Positive dansgirl On Nov 28, 2006, dansgirl from Atascadero, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

this plant blooms profusely and what gorgeous blooms they are!!! I saw this at the nursery and fell in love, buying it without knowing where it was going to go but knowing that I had to have it! I've since found a great place for it! Can't wait to see how it changes with the seasons and am looking forward to those gorgeous blue flowers coming back!

Positive trois On Sep 6, 2004, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

We have two of these lovely plants. One is growing in considerable shade and has darker blur blooms. The other gets a good bit of sun and is a lighter blue.
This photo is of the shade grown plant.


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

Mobile, Alabama
Cave Creek, Arizona
Surprise, Arizona
Atascadero, California
Ben Lomond, California
Cool, California
Eureka, California
Glendora, California
Napa, California
Tarzana, California
Auburndale, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Lake Placid, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Yulee, Florida
Broussard, Louisiana
Saint Francisville, Louisiana
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Las Vegas, Nevada (3 reports)
Angier, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
North Charleston, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Center, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Houston, Texas
Humble, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Richmond, Virginia
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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