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View of Buck Island from East End, St. Croix, USVI
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Plumbago ( Plumbago capensis )

Also called Leadwort because of its lead colored roots. Plumbago can be found growing wildly along the roadside or in planters around the island as decoration.In clusters among simple, elliptical leaves, the flowers are a light blue or lavender color. Each flower is 5 parted, long and tubular, with a distinctive mid-vein. The tube of each flower is covered with sticky hairs, making it easy for the flowers to rest in one’s hair or clothes for a little island color.These hairs aid in seed dispersal. This plant, grown as a very colorful hedge, should be pruned vigorously to reduce its sprawl. Because it is native to South Africa, Plumbago accepts our full sun and tropical heat.