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Leadwort ~ Plumbago ~ Ceratostigma plumbaginoides






12 responses

  1. I think we covered this one plant some time back ?? 😀
    Gardner’s choice …Mine also .

    August 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    • maybe we did, let me double check … was doing herbs thought would take flower break … thank you 🙂

      August 3, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    • nope nothing comes up in search results on garden site besides this post 🙂 i usually try and check 😉

      this is autumn bloomer btw, one of reason i selected, that and many of the herbs are damn near impossible for average gardener to propagate

      August 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      • Well, am wrong then, but….Don’t know why something very familiar it is stuck in my mind on plumbago ….Must be the M.D.O.B. = My Date Of Birth ?? 😀

        August 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      • it’s your birthday?

        August 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      • Happy Birthday if is! 🙂 xo

        August 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  2. LOL Thanks a million but I must wait a bit…..I MEANT I AM GETTING OLD and could forget things ?? 😀

    My birthday is on 27 Dec …Will be 62 I think ??. O.M.G .. 😀

    August 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    • oooh lol, gotcha 🙂 ok i mark the date xo
      don’t worry you got twenty years on me and i forget all the time 😛

      August 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      • Only 20 ? Awwwwww 😀
        Cheers and make the best of it.

        August 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

  3. The only plumbago that I know is plumbago auriculata that common garden shrub that everyone here seems to grow because you can’t kill it. This is obviously a relative? I wonder if plumbago auriculata has any edible or medicinal uses?

    August 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    • Plumbago auriculata
      same families

      The genus Plumbago comprises 10 species from the warmer parts of the world. There are 5 species in South Africa.

      The name Plumbago is derived from plumbum meaning lead – referring to it being a supposed cure for lead poisoning. Auriculata means ear shaped and refers to the leaf base. Plumbago auriculata was known as P. capensis, which was the name given by the botanist, Thunberg in 1794. However, the plant had already been named auriculata by Lamarck in 1786 in what was known as the East Indies where it had been taken as a garden plant! The Dutch East India Company trade routes included the Cape and this was most likely how the plant reached the East Indies.

      Plumbago is visited by butterflies and is one of the larval foods plant for the common blue butterfly (Cyclyrius pirithous) which is apparently fairly common in gardens as a result of the popularity of plumbago as a garden plant.

      Children often make “earrings” with the sticky flowers – letting them stick to their earlobes. There are sticky, gland tipped hairs on the flower calyx. The seed capsule retains the stickiness which presumably helps disperse the seed by attaching to animals. The top of the capsule splits opens and drops the seed out.

      Plumbago is used traditionally to treat warts, broken bones and wounds. It is taken as a snuff for headaches and as an emetic to dispel bad dreams. A stick of the plant is placed in the thatch of huts to ward off lightning

      August 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    • Plumbago

      August 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

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