Wild Florida Photo - Plumbago auriculata

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Plumbago auriculata



Not native to Florida


This non-native plumbago is a popular landscaping plant in Florida. It has escaped from cultivation in at least four counties. Native to South Africa, it is also found in Louisiana, California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Plumbago auriculata has clusters of blue flowers with tubular-funnelform corollas. The calyx is minutely pubescent with stalked glands only near the tips. Flowers are 37-53mm (~1-1/2 - 2in.) wide with the tube more than two times the length of the calyx. The leaves are mostly sessile, sometimes short-petiolate, and elliptic, oblanceolate or spatulate. The base of the leaves are usually long-attenuate and sometimes auriculate.

Plumbago auriculata is a member of the Plumbaginaceae - Leadwort family.

Other species of the Plumbago genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Plumbago zeylanica - DOCTORBUSH

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  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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