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Plumbago zeylanica

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Partial shade, shade
Pollinators Butterflies, bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
2-4' × 2-4'
Flowering Season May-September
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 20-25 °F
Leaf Description Lance head shaped, waxy leaves
Fruit Reddish brown, one seed per capsule
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Elevation Range 2500-4000 ft.
Description One of the best blooming plants for shady areas in the southern portion of Arizona. The abundant show of white flowers, and the purple color of the leaves create a beautiful understory when planted with foothills palo verde (Parkinsonia microphylla), mesquite (Prosopis velutina), or catclaw acacia (Acacia greggii). In habitat this plant likes densely vegetated wash edges, and is best planted in well draining soils. With enough water stems can become almost vine-like reaching into the lower branches of trees.