Sunday, April 3, 2011

Imperial Blue Plumbago/Today's Flowers #34

@ mirandablue
Imperial Blue Plumbago, Plumbago auriculata, Skyflower
My landlord planted this flower in the wall planter of the patio---I love the light blue flowers.  This is a pretty common flower around here but I don't know what the local name is. I got the name on-line---Imperial Blue Plumbago, a native of South Africa.  It is a relatively fast growing shrub that doesn't mind long, humid summers.  The light blue flowers are prolific during the warmer months, it requires full sun but will bloom in partial shade.  Plumbago also attracts birds and butterflies. It is traditionally used to treat warts, broken bones and wounds, and a supposed cure for lead poisoning.


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15 comments:

Miss Kodee said...

Blue flowers are a favourite colour of mine - especially paired with yellow. It reminds me of a cascading germanium grown here in Canada. Love the balls of flower bursts.

kanak7 said...

Really pretty! Loved reading the details about this plant.

Bernie said...

I haven't grown this for many, many years but your photo reminds me just how lovely the Plumbago flowers are! That's a pretty shot.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful little flower, I really like the soft blue color. I can see why the birds and butterfly would like this plant.

Jama said...

The common name for the Plumbago here is Forget-me-not.Plenty of them here, and they bloom all year long. Beautifully photographed.

Zinnia said...

Viken härlig färg blyblomman har! Du har fångat den perfekt mot den mörka bakgrunden av sten. Ha en skön söndag! Zinnia

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

oh, my God!!!!
I love that color...


great macro shot
http://graceolsson.com/blog/2011/04/impressions-of-argentina/

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous bloom!

My flower, have a blessed Sunday!

Indrani said...

One of the easy plants to grow, and they make the gardens look more beautiful.

NatureFootstep said...

a flower both beautiful and useful. :) Not bad.

Francisca said...

Oooh, I haven't seen these, but it sure looks pretty!

LauraX said...

love this shade...so soothing!

January said...

I love the color..

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Carletta said...

Such a lovely color!
It's striking against the patio wall.

Arija said...

I love the blue of the plumbago too. At present it is in full bloom all over the place here.