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Grown for its tubular periwinkle-blue flowers, cape leadwort is an evergreen shrub to woody vine that originates from South Africa. It has bright green, oval leaves that line loose, trailing stems. It blooms year round, except in coldest winters, bearing many five-petaled tubular blue blooms. These are attractive to butterflies and require no deadheading. White cultivars are also available.
Cape leadwort thrives in full to partial sun and prefers light, sandy soils with good drainage. It can be pruned into a compact mounded shrub but has the most attractive look if permitted to freely sprawl, vine and trail. Full sun and off-season branch pruning enhances flower production.
In tropical to subtropical regions this shrub can be planted in shrub borders or maintained as a hedge for screening. In temperate regions it may be container grown indoors or outdoors or planted as a tender annual in mixed borders, containers or large hanging baskets.
12 - 6
8 - 15
H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
3'-10' / 0.9m - 3.0m
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Light Blue, Sky Blue
Green, Light Green
Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical
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