Lower South

May, 2003
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Plumbago
When the weather heats up from late spring through early fall, most of our landscape color options are in the yellow to red range. Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) is a heat-tolerant annual/perennial that blooms all summer, producing mini bouquets of phlox-like flowers in a beautiful shade of sky blue. It forms a 3-foot mound but can grow larger. Give it a moderate amount of moisture and some protection from the late day sun for best results. A white blooming form also is available. It may return from the ground in spring if mulched well in the lower south, but it's not considered dependably hardy in most areas.

Web Finds

Database On The Toxicity Of Plants
Anyone with toddlers around knows that most things they can grab will end up in their mouths. When this is a piece of a plant, you may be frantically searching for information on its potential toxicity. The Database On The Toxicity Of Plants Web site from the University of California at Davis provides a toxicity rating on many common plants. It also describes the degree and type of toxicity concern. It can help you decide if a certain plant should be planted where little ones roam and graze.

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