They are flowering herbaceous plants, subshrubs, or small shrubs growing to 0.3–1 m (0.98 to 3.28 ft) tall. The leaves are spirally arranged, simple, 1–9 cm long, usually with a hairy margin. Some of the species are evergreen, others deciduous.
The flowers are produced in a compact inflorescence, each flower with a five-lobed corolla; flower colour varies from pale to dark blue to red-purple. The fruit is a small bristly capsule containing a single seed.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
|Maximum Reachable Height ||0.75 to 1 feet|
|Flower Colour ||Blue|
|Bloom Time ||July to September|
|Difficulty Level ||Easy to Grow|
Planting and care
Provide full sun or part shade (especially in hot summer areas) and moist but well-drained soil. Remove suckers in spring.
Needing full sun for best growth and flowering, plumbago will grow on any fertile, well-drained soil, becoming drought-tolerant once established.
It is excellent as a foundation planting or when used in planters.
|Sunlight ||Full sun to part shade|
|Soil ||Well-drained Soil|
|Temperature ||60 degrees C|
|Fertilizer ||Apply any Organic Fertilizer|
|Harvest Season ||Grow outdoors year-round|
LeadWort special feature
It is a wiry, mat-forming perennial which spreads by rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover.
Oval to obovate, shiny, medium green leaves turn bronze-red in autumn.
- Late, long-flowering plant serves as excellent ground cover for sunny to partly shaded areas in the landscape
- A good plant for interplanting with spring bulbs because foliage emerges late as the bulb foliage is dying back
- Chitrak is used in treating intestinal troubles, dysentery, leucoderma, inflammation, piles, bronchitis, itching, diseases of the liver, and consumption
- The leaves of this herb work well for treating laryngitis, rheumatism, diseases of the spleen, ring worm, scabies, and it acts as an aphrodisiac
- A tincture of the root bark is used as an anti-periodic
- Chitrak root helps improve digestion and it stimulates the appetite
- Chitrak root is also an acro-narcotic poison that can cause an abortion