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Plumbago

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Plumbago is an easy-care plant that brightens many Florida landscapes with its clusters of blue or white flowers.

In Central and South Florida, plumbago blooms year-round unless it's hit by frost. In North Florida it usually blooms from spring through fall.

This sprawling shrub can reach three to six feet tall and ten feet wide, though pruning will keep it more compact and help it produce more flowers. It performs best when planted in full sun.

Plumbago can be affected by tiny insects called chilli thrips, which cause the leaves to look curled and stunted. It's also freeze-tender, but damaged growth can be pruned off in spring and plants should recover quickly.