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Plumbago europaea - L.

Common Name Plumbago
Family Plumbaginaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry rocks, hills, maritime sands, roadsides etc[50, 100].
Range S. Europe.
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Plumbago europaea Plumbago


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Plumbago europaea is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6. It is in flower in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

P. angustifolia.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. In. South Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Acrid  Emetic  Odontalgic  Sialagogue  Vesicant

The whole plant, but especially the root, is acrid, emetic, odontalgic, sialagogue and vesicant[4, 61, 100, 103]. Chewing the root produces copious salivation and is said to be of benefit in treating toothache[4].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained sandy or gritty soil in full sun[200]. One report says that the plant is not very hardy in Britain and is usually grown in a greenhouse[4].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of basal shoots as new growth emerges in the spring. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

Other Names

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TEMPERATE ASIA: Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Armenia EUROPE: Albania, Bulgaria, Greece (incl. Crete), Italy (incl. Sardinia, Sicily), North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Spain, France (incl. Corsica), Portugal AFRICA: Algeria (north), Morocco, Tunisia

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Ceratostigma plumbaginoidesBlue leadwood, Blue Plumbago, Perennial Plumbago, LeadwortPerennial0.4 6-9 FLMNDM003
Ceratostigma willmottianumChinese Plumbago, Chinese LeadwortShrub1.0 6-9 MLMNDM01 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

50200

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