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Royal Cape Plumbago

Plumbago auriculata 'Monott'

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Royal Cape Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata 'Monott') at Green Thumb Nursery

Royal Cape Plumbago flowers

Royal Cape Plumbago flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Royal Cape Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata 'Monott') at Green Thumb Nursery

Royal Cape Plumbago in bloom

Royal Cape Plumbago in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Cape Leadwort


Large clusters of vivid blue flowers cover this sprawling vine-like shrub for most of the year; wonderful for cascading over walls and trellises; a great container plant in colder areas

Ornamental Features

Royal Cape Plumbago features showy clusters of blue flowers at the ends of the branches from early spring to late fall. It has dark green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Royal Cape Plumbago is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Royal Cape Plumbago is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Royal Cape Plumbago will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 feet apart. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Royal Cape Plumbago makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Screening  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features