Plumbago plants are shrubs with branches that resemble vines. They have blue phlox-like flowers produced for extended periods of time. They will grow as an evergreen shrub and makes excellent foundation plants.
Perennial: Grows year-round in the southernmost parts of Texas and Florida.
Deer Resistant: Yes
Full Sun: Yes
Partial Sun: Yes
Shade: Not Recommended
Bloom Time: All year-long
Color: North Carolina Blue
Size: Can grow 6 to 10 feet (1-3 m.) tall with a spread of 8 to 10 feet (2-3 m.)
Water Needs: Very forgiving, drought tolerant
During one of my morning walks, (and that day I just happened to be in Florida’s west coast), I came across a tree so dear to my heart. Why dear to my heart? Simply, because I grew up in Ponce, P.R., where from my childhood to adulthood, I enjoyed seeing these trees flowered everywhere, making the tropical landscapes look spectacular.
The Flamboyán tree (also called Flamboyant and Royal Poinciana), is often rated in the top 5 most beautiful flowering trees in the world.
It is native to Madagascar and grows in tropical/sub-tropical regions in zones 10 to 12. The Flamboyán tree is commonly grown in the Caribbean, Africa and Northern Australia and of course, I saw this one in Florida, smile.
These trees will always remind me of my hometown, my tropical Puerto Rican island and the roots that defines who I am and where I came from.
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