Common name: Plumbago
Botanical name: Plumbago auriculata.
Other common names: Leadwort, Cape Leadwort
General description: A scrambling semi-climber or shrub popular as a garden ornamental to 2m tall often used as a hedge specimen.
Flowers: The blue or white flowers are tubular with 5 petals or lobes, have glandular sticky hairs and are held in short spikes or racemes at the ends of the branches.
Leaves: The light green leaves are oblong to oblong-spathulate usually 4-5cm long (but can be up to 7cm long) with an entire margin tapered into a very short petiole or stalk.
Fruit/Berries: The fruit are small capsules covered with sticky hairs.
Symptoms: Contact with the sap, leaves, stems and roots may cause skin irritation, blistering and dermatitis.
Toxicity category: 3