plum·​ba·​go | \ˌpləm-ˈbā-(ˌ)gō \
plural plumbagos

Definition of plumbago 

1 [ 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

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Cape plumbago This is a tropical annual that grows to 18 or 20 inches tall. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Summertime blues are a good thing when it comes to these 'cooling' plants," 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, "Attracting and producing butterflies in your landscape," 6 Apr. 2018 Keep an eye on the forecast before taking the clippers to that dead wood on lantana, hibiscus, es-peranza, duranta, plumbago, oleander and firebush. Kathy Huber, Houston Chronicle, "After the freeze comes the cleanup in the garden," 19 Jan. 2018 An unusual winter deciduous shrubby perennial, Chinese plumbago offers attractive golden foliage. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "A golden opportunity for dry shade," 25 Aug. 2017 White vinca and blue plumbago are personal favorites. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Sprucing Up Your Garden for Summer, the Tropical Way," 2 July 2017

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First Known Use of plumbago

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for plumbago

Latin plumbagin-, plumbago galena, from plumbum

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plum·​ba·​go | \ˌpləm-ˈbā-(ˌ)gō \
plural plumbagos

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