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Plumbago, Blue (Plumbago capensis), packet of 7 seeds

(Blue Plumbago, Cape Plumbago, Cape Leadwort, Skyflower, Blousyselbos, Syselbos, Umabophe, Umasheleshele, Plumbago auriculata)
Family:  Plumbaginaceae
Woody perennial shrub to 9 feet tall, native to South Africa.  Protect from extreme frost.  The plant sprawls in the wild, but responds well to pruning, and has been widely adapted as a handsome hedge plant and wildlife refuge in warm zones worldwide.  The leaves are dotted with minute oil glands, occurring on the leaf stalk that is winged at the base, clasping the stem which gives rise to clusters of sticky, glandular flowers of sky blue.   Flowers used as spontaneous "stick-on" earrings by South African youth.  The roots and leaves are traditional "Muti," ground up and used as snuff to relieve headache.  The herb is also purportedly effective against lead poisoning and  warts, used to help cure broken bones and wounds.  A sprig is placed in the rafters, thought  to protect the house from lightning.  Source of the naphthoquinone molecule known as plumbagin, the same compound that contributes to the antitussive effects of Sundew (Drosera spp.)  Blue Plumbago prefers fertile, well-drained  soil in the full sun to part shade, grows quickly and is drought and salt tolerant.  The hedge appreciates frequent fertilization with manure.  Sow seeds in pots in the greenhouse or under lights.  The planting should be kept very warm (72 degrees F minimum) and bottom heat is relished.  Keep the planting evenly moist but not sodden.  Germination occurs in 3 to 4 weeks.  Individuate seedlings to gallon pots and grow on for a year before transplanting to landscape.  May be effectively kept as a potted plant in areas where winters are severe. 
7 seeds/pkt $2.95, open pollinated





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