Cape Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)

Cape Plumbago blooming in January, Saratoga, Bay Area
Cape Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)

Plumbago auriculata (Cape plumbago) is a beautiful semi-evergreen vine-like sprawing shrub. It has captivating big clusters of bright blue flowers, that start appearing in early spring and continue through early winter until frost. Cold hardinnes zones are 9-11,but in our USDA zone 8 in protected areas it will remain green and continue blooming even in winter. Due to it’s growing habit it is an exellent choice as bank cover, fast filler in the back of the beds, over the fence climber. Grows well in full sun as in part shade. Once established it needs only occasional water.

Plant profile summary:

Name:  Plumbago auriculata (Cape Plumbago)
Zone/ Sunset Zone 9-11/ 12-28
Type: Semi-evergreen shrub
Size/shape: 3-4 feet tall and 5 feet wide mound, sprawling, climbing habit
Life Span:
Foliage/ Flower/ Fruits Type/ Color Green leaves, bright blue flower clusters, very showy. Blooms from early spring through early winter
Sun/ wind Exposure: Partial sun to full sun
Water requirements: Occasional watering once established
Soil requirements:
Use: Bank cover, ground cover, fast filler in the back of the beds, over the fence climber
Attractions – special features: Long blooming season, showy flowers
Pests / Diseases:
Trimming In early winter after flowers are gone
Caution: All parts of the plant are poisoness