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AVAILABLE SPRING/SUMMER 2020
Common Name: Cape leadwort
Plant Family: Plumbaginaceae
Suggested Use: Growing in PotsPlanting Style: sub tropical bed outSeason of Interest: Summer to AutumnPosition/ Situation: Summer PatioSun/ Shade: Sun to Part ShadeFlower Colour: WhiteLeaf Colour: GreenHeight: medium (up to 6 feet)Habit/Shape: ClimbingEvergreen: NoHardiness/minimum temperature: Frost tender (plus 1 to 5 deg. C.)
A more compact cultivar of the normal Plumbago with white flowers. Good for a small conservatory or a pot which can be moved inside for winter. Has a lax, shrubby habit so benefits from being tied to a support.
Plumbagos are scrambling plants which, in the wild grow up through other plants for support. So either grow against a trellis or an obelisk in a pot where you can tie the long stems in securely.
They originate from South Africa and are not totally hardy although if you live in a very mild part of the UK where frost is rare you may be able to grow them outside with a bit of protection. Generally they are grown as conservatory plants but are quite happy on the summer patio. Although evergreen in their native habitat we find they are deciduous at low temperatures in the UK. If you have a warm Conservatory which is kept above 10C in winter you may find them to be more evergreen.
They are hungry plants so feed monthly between May and September. A liquid feed Tomato feed with added seaweed is ideal.
Prune lightly after flowering and remove any dead wood in spring, trimming back side shoots to 3 or 4 buds.
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