Plumbago scandens L.
Doctorbush, Summer Snow Plumbago, Mexican Plumbago
Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family)
USDA Symbol: PLSC4
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems decumbent to climbing, up to about 10 feet long, often shorter.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
DistributionUSA: AZ , FL , TX
Native Habitat: South Texas species. Native to washes and canyons from 2,500' to 4,000' across Baja California, southern Arizona, and southwest Texas.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Prefers shade in Central TX and to be planted in a protected area to ensure wintering well in Central Texas. Does best with regular watering.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: No
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Plumbago scandens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Plumbago scandens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Plumbago scandens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff