Plumbago zeylanica

Wild Plumbago


Also known as Plumbago scandens

Plant Specifics

Size:1 ft tall by 3-4 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:-


Recommended Uses:Understory shrub or use a group as a groundcover in a shady setting.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:



Larval host for Cassius blue.

Attracts butterflies, moths, and bees.

Native Habitats:Coastal hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

This species is grown primarily for its use as a butterfly plant. It is not as showy as the commonly grown introduced plumbago.

This species has a pan-tropical distribution.