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Plumbago auriculata f. alba


Plumbago auriculata f. alba

Family Name: Plumbaginaceae
Common Name: White Cape Leadwort


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Infraspecific Epithet
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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution South Africa
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Scrambling shrub, able to grow up to 1 - 3 m tall and with a spread of 2 - 3 m wide.
Foliage Leaves are obovate with crenulate margins, 10 to 25mm long, thin and light green in colour.
Flowers Flowers are white, borne on rounded terminal clusters.
Etymology Genus epithet 'Plumbago' derived from the Latin "plumbum" meaning "lead" (the metallic element). Named after a European species which was used to cure lead poisoning. Species epithet 'auriculata' from the Latin "auricula" meaning "ear", after the appendages at the base of each leaf which were deemed to be ear-shaped.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Butterfly-Attracting

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Seed, Stem Cutting


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flowering Period Free-Flowering

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Master ID 30269
Species ID 4578
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Species record last updated on: 06 June 2024.