Plumbago auriculata ( चित्रक )
Plumbago is an introduced shrub, native to South Africa, which is perennial (active throughout the year). There are three varieties I am going to write about, variation mainly being in the flower color - Red, Blue and white.
The leaves are pale green and plant is green throughout year and flowers except the winter months. Flowers appear in bouquet of 8-15. Shrub is dense and I have seen it grown upto 5-6 feet height whereas Wiki reports that it can ascend upto 20 feet.
Host plant of Zebra Blue:
|Zebra blue laying egg on plumbago|
|Inflorescence of Blue Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)|
The plant is frequently used as garden plant mainly because of the perennial nature.
Other two Varieties:
|Inflorescence Red Plumbago (Plumbago indica)|
|White Plumbago (Plumbago zeylanica)|
Quick Facts:Common name: Plumbago, Cape Leadwort
Botanical name: Plumbago auriculata
Family: Plumbaginaceae (plumbago family)
Synonyms: Plumbago capensis