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Plumbago  auriculata Leadwort Manentro, Wedahan Plubaginaceae
 

Plumbago auriculata, Leadwort, Manentro

 

Plumbago auriculata, Leadwort, Manentro

This fast-growing species from South Africa reaches 6 ft (1.8 m) tall with a similar spread and carries its prolific sky-blue flowers through the warmer months of the year.
The pale green, oblong leaves are 2 in (5 cm) long. It suckers readily, and will grow higher on supports or by climbing nearby shrubs.
It is cultivated as an informal hedge or as a trimmed, formal hedge. Alba has clear white blooms. Royal Cape has flowers of a more intense blue and is slightly more tolerant of dry conditions than the species.
Flowering colors: Blue, White
Cultivation: Plumbagos require well-drained soil, perhaps enriched with a little organic matter.
Although established plants are tolerant of dry conditions, soil should be kept moist throughout summer to ensure a good flowering display.
Prune in late winter to tidy their vigorous stems and remove old wood to encourage new growth and the next seasons flowers.
Propagate from tip cuttings or from semi-hardwood cuttings.

 

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