Plum­bago

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(Plum­bago au­ric­u­lata)

With a plum­bago in your gar­den, you’ll be as­sured of an abun­dance of gor­geous blue blooms for months on end. Plum­bago flow­ers range from pow­der-blue to a deeper blue. If the shrub is not in flower when you buy it, check with your nurs­ery to make sure it’s the spe­cific colour you want.

This indige­nous plant does well in al­most any type of soil and can be used as a large shrub or hedge plant. It needs lit­tle wa­ter once it is es­tab­lished and will bear flow­ers all sum­mer long. Cut back hard in win­ter to keep it in check; a lack of prun­ing will re­sult in a ram­pant, un­tidy shrub. Plum­bago is not a good cut flower; rather leave the blooms on the shrub and en­joy its showy dis­play out­doors.

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