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Plumbago auriculata

Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany

B and T World Seeds' Botanical Glossary

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 2134

The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Plumbago auriculata is cold hardy
USDA Zone:9 20° to 30°F   (-6.5° to -1°C)
Type of plant - evergreen shrub
Flower or inflorescence: pale BLUE, to 2.5cm. dia., spikes, summer-autumn
Fruit: capsule, 5 valved
Foliage: oblong 7x4mm. tapered... scrambling plant...sow in spring
Height, in meters: 1.2
Height, in feet: 3.96
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Synonyms (alternative names) for Plumbago auriculata:
Plumbago capensis, 

Common names for Plumbago auriculata:

(folk:a stick of plant in thatch diverts lightning,  (folk:crushed root infusion emetic dispels dreams),  (folk:parts of plant are charms against evil),  (folk:root or leaf snuff relieves headache),  (in cold areas cut back & store frost-free),  Cape Leadwort,  Cape Plumbago, 


Plumbago auriculata is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.

31:   House and Container Plant Seed List
36:   Herb Seed List Culinary Medicinal Dye and Aromatic
Not all medicinal, dye or aromatic plants are edible, some are toxic if eaten and others are dangerous if applied to the skin. Please check uses for plants.
37:   South African Native and Introduced Plants
43:   Herbaceous Border Plant Seed List
44:   Cut flowers Commercial and other Recommended Varieties
130:   Ground cover Plant Seed List (see also List 133)
191:   Tropical Shrubs and Trees
567:  Plumbaginaceae
720:   Fire Resistant Plants
Different classes of resistance: some grow back, some don't burn, a few have highly inflammable leaves that leave the rest of the plant intact, some trees don't have lower branches.
952:   Wholesale Selection


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Germination guide for Plumbago auriculata

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Plumbago auriculata seeds will usually germinate in 25-30 days.
Sow Plumbago auriculata seeds about 1mm deep in a Well drained seed sowing mix at about 20°C.


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