plum·​ba·​go ˌpləm-ˈbā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce plumbago (audio)
plural plumbagos
[New Latin, from Latin] : any of a genus (Plumbago of the family Plumbaginaceae, the plumbago family) of chiefly tropical herbs and shrubs with alternate leaves and spikes of showy flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web My other plumbago in a separate pot does not have them. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2022 This year the list is longer and includes more cold-hardy plants such as oleander, rosemary, blue plumbago, viburnum, lantana, roses, shrimp plant, roses and Turks cap. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Mar. 2021 While popular perennials, such as lantana, salvia, plumbago and shrimp plants, have all died back to the ground, the roots may still be alive. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Feb. 2021 Among the virtual rainbow of plants are foxtail agave, sea lavender, society garlic, blue chalksticks, lantana, Texas sundrop, paddle plants, butterfly bush, cape plumbago, agapanthus and a small bougainvillea bush. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Sep. 2020 Outside the fence along the sidewalk, blue plumbago and yellow melampodium dominate the plantings. R. Stephanie Bruno,, 10 Sep. 2020 Scaevolas spread as ground covers, plumbagos grow into blooming shrubs, and the sculptural succulents thrive in full sun. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, 17 Apr. 2020 Cape plumbago This is a tropical annual that grows to 18 or 20 inches tall. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, 28 June 2018 For May through July have zinnias, mistflower, milkweed, pentas, pavonia, cosmos and plumbago growing in your yard. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History


Latin plumbagin-, plumbago galena, from plumbum

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of plumbago was in 1732

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Cite this Entry

“Plumbago.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


plum·​ba·​go ˌpləm-ˈbā-(ˌ)gō How to pronounce plumbago (audio)
plural plumbagos

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