Plumbago: White Latin Name: Plumbago auriculata 'Alba'
The Basics Attractive, white flowers are the hallmark of white cape leadwort. It is an evergreen shrub to woody vine that is native to South Africa and has green, oval to spatula-shaped leaves with small ear-like (auricle = ear-shaped appendage) projections at the base. The leaves are alternate on thin, gracefully arching stems. Leadwort blooms year round, except in coldest winters, bearing many five-petaled tubular white blooms in round clusters at the ends of the branches. The flower bases and seed capsules are covered with sticky, gland tipped hairs and often hitch a ride with humans or pets. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and do not require deadheading.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Full Sun Amount of Water: Drought Tolerant, Average Water Soil Conditions: Well drained Cold Hardiness Zone: 8-11
The Care It can be pruned into a compact mounded shrub or most attractively allowed to freely sprawl, vine and trail. However, harsh pruning shortens the plant’s lifespan and contributes to brown, stick-like growth and looks best when the branches have enough room to exhibit their cascading nature. Cultivar ‘Alba’ is a lovely shrub that is freeze sensitive and may be damaged by a few degrees of frost.