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Plumbago scandens (Doctorbush)
Smith, R.W.

Plumbago scandens

Plumbago scandens L.

Doctorbush, Summer Snow Plumbago, Mexican Plumbago

Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family)


USDA Symbol: PLSC4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


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 Conditions

Light 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.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Deer Resistant: No

From the National Organizations Directory

According 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


Bibref 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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Additional resources

USDA: Find Plumbago scandens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Plumbago scandens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Plumbago scandens


Record Modified: 2018-01-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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