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Care of the plant Plumbago capensis or Blue plumbago.

Care of the plant Plumbago capensis or Blue plumbago

The genus Plumbago, family Plumbaginaceae, includes about 10 species of shrubs and subshrubs distributed throughout Asia, Europe, America, Madagascar and Africa. Some species are: Plumbago capensis (Plumbago auriculata), Plumbago indica, Plumbago zeylanica, Plumbago europaea.

Common names: Plumbago auriculata, Cape Plumbago, Blue plumbago, Cape leadwort. This species is native to South Africa.

They are evergreen shrubs with sarmentous stems and fast growth that reach 5 meters in height. The leaves are alternate, oblong-obtuse and deep green in color. The showy flowers, similar to those of Jasmine, appear in groups and are blue; there are white and red varieties. They can bloom from spring to fall.

They are used on borders, hanging from walls, as climbing plants (with supports) and in pots for terraces and patios.

Plumbago capensis needs full sun or light shade exposure and a warm climate. They resist light frosts but lose their leaves.

The soil must be well drained and contain abundant organic matter. Planting is done in early spring.

Water frequently so that the substrate never dries completely; reduce watering in winter.

Fertilize in summer with mineral fertilizer every 20 days.

They do not usually present significant pest and disease problems.

They are propagated by cuttings in spring or summer and by division in late winter.

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