Scientific: Plumbago zeylanica (formerly Plumbago scandens)
Common: plumbago
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Origin: Baja California to south Texas

Pronounciation: Plum-BAY-go zey-lan-EYE-ka

Hardiness zones
USDA 9-11

Landscape Use: Weak floral accent, low background, raised planters, water conservation, cascade effect.

Form & Character: Evergreen shrub, unruly and informal.

Growth Habit: Moderate and sprawling to 4 feet with 8 feet spread.

Foliage/texture: Oblong-spatulate, 2 inches long tapering to a short petiole, dark green, stipular leaves and semi-angular stems; medium texture.

Flowers & fruits: White tubular flowers in terminal clusters, fruit insignificant.

Seasonal color: Unimpressive, small white flowers from May through September, sometimes sporadically through the fall.

Temperature: Tolerant

Light: Full sun to partial shade. Eastern exposures best, avoid western exposures.

Soil: Tolerant.

Watering: Drought tolerant, but supplemental water increases foliar density and lushness.

Pruning: Prune to shape, but do not try and maintain this plant as a formal hedge. Frequent shearing diminishes bloom potential.

Propagation: Softwood cuttings

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: Rarely found in Phoenix landscapes. This is a smaller landscape shrub that functions as a xeric, somewhat less ornate, unimpressive alternative to Plumbago auriculata.