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Leadwort, Summer Snow
Scientific Name: Plumbago scandens L.
Synonym: Plumbago mexicana
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Leadwort, Summer Snow (Plumbago  scandens) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-11

Heat Tolerance: Prefers some shade in the low deserts

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: South of the USA, down to South America, in Arizona, grows in canyons, between 2500 and 4000 feet elevation (750-1200 m)

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub or vine, 3 to 10 feet tall (1-3 m); oblong lanceolate leaves

Watering Needs: Regular water


The root has been used medicinally, but in general all the parts of the plant are poisonous. Contact with the cut root provokes skin reactions.

Blooming Habits:
The Plumbago scandens bears white flowers most of the year. The flowers attract the butterflies.

Fruiting Habits:

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