Fond childhood memories come to mind whenever I see shrubs of Plumbago (auriculata). Inevitably as children, in the course of outdoor play times, we would track around with remnants of leaves and blue petals stuck to our clothing.
The fuzzy hairs on the buds of the flowers are sticky. Just enough to help them disperse their seeds but lightly enough that the petals and leaves stuck to clothing can easily be picked off.
Hedge rows of these whimsical, easily grown shrubs in the back part of the property that used to bloom beautifully are receiving too much shade as the oak trees continue to mature. Plumbago prefer dry, well draining soil with lots of sunshine to bloom their best.
If you look all the way down to the end of the northside berm in the above photo you can see a lone Plumbago bush growing in a container pot. I'm using its long, arching branches to hide the pump for the well. It is happy there because the container dries out between waterings and ample sunshine gives it the energy to bloom profusely.
Blue flowers seem to be a popular favorite for gardeners and blue Plumbago is about as true a blue as I know of for this region.
It's nice that the butterflies like them for nectaring; they are host plant for cassius blue larva.
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