UACES Facebook Plumbago


October 2011

QuestionA friend of mine gave me a plant that is said to be native to California. She said it grows wild there. She said I can just cut it back and put it in my shed during the winter and then it will come back out in the spring. It blooms all summer and the pale blue blooms look like a phlox. Do you know what it is?


Answer       The plant in question is commonly called a plumbago - Plumbago auriculata to be exact. It is winter hardy in central Arkansas, southward, but it does die back during the winter. Mine is planted in the ground and is in bloom right now, but it is slow to rebound in the spring, which gives it a later bloom the next season. In a container, you can speed things up as long as the soil temperature doesn’t freeze while it is in storage. I would not try to overwinter it outdoors without protection in a pot, since raised soil gets much colder.      


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