Plumbago indica

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Plumbago indica
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Genus: Plumbago
Species: P. indica
Binomial name
Plumbago indica

Plumbago indica (syn. P. rosea), with the common names Indian leadwort, scarlet leadwort or whorled plantain, is a species of flowering plant in the family Plumbaginaceae.

The plant is native to Southeast Asia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Yunnan in southern China.


Plumbago indica grows to 2 m (7 ft) tall by 1 m (3 ft) wide. It is a spreading evergreen shrub with oval leaves.

It produces racemes of deep pink or scarlet flowers in winter.[1]


Plumbago indica is cultivated as an ornamental plant. With a minimum temperature of 7 °C (45 °F), it enjoys subtropical or warm-temperate climates, or a greenhouse in cool climates.[2]

It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[3][4]


  1. ^ Christopher D. Brickell (2008). RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Nico Vermeulen (2004-08-31). The Complete Encyclopedia Of Container Plants: Detailed Descriptions of Hundreds of Species. Rebo Publishers. p. 216. ISBN 978-90-366-1584-6. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Plumbago indica". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 80. Retrieved 7 May 2018.