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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
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems decumbent to climbing, up to about 10 feet long, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


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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Web Reference

Webref 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 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: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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