How to Care for Plumbago

Plumbago, a beautiful perennial shrub, loves full sun to partial shade. It grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet and can be up to 5 feet wide. The plumbago is a favourite with butterflies. This attractive shrub can be found as a foundation plant or in borders. Its beautiful blue flowers bloom from May until the first frost.

Plant in a sunny spot. The plumbago loves sun and heat, and is extremely drought-tolerant.

Water at the base of the plant and try not to get the flowers wet. This plant is drought-tolerant and almost thrives on neglect, so there will be no need for constant watering.

Fertilise every three weeks with an all-purpose plant fertiliser. This should be done during the growing season.

Prune the spent blossoms during the growing season to promote new growth. You will also want to prune to keep it in shape, as the branches tend to ramble.

Checking for disease or pests is something that you will not have to do with the beautiful plumbago, as it is resilient and not bothered by any diseases or pests.


Plumbago is frost-sensitive. It is hardy from USDA zones 8b to 11.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • All-purpose plant fertiliser
  • Water
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