11 responses to “Plumbago auriculata”

  1. Andreas Philipp

    I just wished to add a web reference to Jardín Botánico José Celestino Mutis in Bogotá. It’s only in Spanish, though.
    Thanks a lot!

  2. Big Al

    Plumbago is graphite isn’t it? What is the connection?

  3. Gabriella

    The Plumbago is a plant that I have in house from always and is always beautiful also when of winter little suffers a cold like in this period, beautiful photo compliments,

  4. Beverley

    Plumbago auriculata – Z9 – RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
    Plumbago auriculata – Z9-10 – A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks Andreas – good idea to link to the garden, Spanish or not.

    Al, we had a look in a few books at the office. While a few authors speculate “possibly used in treatment of lead poisoning”, we’re more inclined to trust David Mabberley in The Plant Book: “formerly used to treat eye disease, a side-effect being the skin going lead-coloured”.

  6. Karen Vaughan, L.Ac.

    Mrs. Grieve said “It is acrid, and when chewed creates a free flow of saliva, particularly if root is used; said to be of benefit to relieve toothache, and has long been used in France for that purpose, hence its name, dentalaire; also useful for itch – a decoction of the root in olive oil is much used…P. Zeylandica is said to be a strong diaphoretic.” In Ayurveda, P. Indica is used topically as an anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic.
    The actions of P. Indica are alterative, gastric stimulant and appetizer; in large doses it is acro-narcotic poison. Locally it is vasicant. It has a specific action on the uterus. The root of P. Indica is said to increase the digestive power and promote appetite.
    “Plumbagin stimulates the central nervous system in small doses, while with larger doses paralysis sets in leading ultimately to death. The blood pressure shows a slight fall.
    Plumbagin is a powerful irritant and has well marked antiseptic properties. In small doses, the drug is a sudorific; large doses cause death from respiratory failure. It is suggested that the action is probably due to the direct effect of the drug on the muscles.”

  7. Anthony

    Plumbago was the Roman name for plants of the plumbago genus, owing to the leaden color of the flowers. Plumbago was also the name they used for lead ore.

  8. Keith

    Can anyone testify as to application of specific epithet “auriculata”; where is it eared?

  9. Pat

    Is there anywhere in British Columbia (preferably Vancouver area) where I can purchase a blue plumbago plant – or seeds?

  10. Karen

    I live in Zone 5 in Pennsylvania and bought two Plumbago plants (white) which were on sale at a local nursery. Only when I brought them home did I research them & find that this plant is intended for Zones 8+. What can I do to ensure that these plants will “live long and prosper.?”
    Maybe I’ll need to send them to my sister in Plant City, FL.??

  11. Doranne Larson

    I’m responding to Karen from Pennsylvania. I live in southern MN and have a blue plumbago. I have it inside in the winter and put it outside in the spring on my deck after all danger of frost is go. This is my 3rd winter coming up. It is about 4ft tall now and just gorgeous!!

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