Common names: Cape Leadwort, Plumbago
Origin: South Africa
I never got over the fact that these pretty flowers that I once had in my garden went by the name of "Plumbago" as I thought that it was such a technical sounding name and invariably made me think of plumbers.
For some years, this shrub with its ability to flower over and over again adorned the fence in my front garden and provided a feast for the eyes everytime we stepped out of the house. It was a hardy plant and needed constant cutting and tidying and probably a lot more care than what we gave it.
Strangely, this shrub is not that commonly seen, at least not in my neighbourhood where people seemed to favour hibiscus, the yellow allamanda and the bauhinia kokiana.