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leadwort

(lĕd`wôrt, –wərt), common name for the Plumbaginaceae, a family of perennial herbs and shrubs usually found in semiarid regions, especially of the Mediterranean area and Central Asia. Several species—e.g., thrift (genus Armeria), prickly thrift (genus Acantholimon), sea lavender (genus Limonium), and plumbago, or leadwort (genus Plumbago)—are cultivated in gardens for their papery globe-shaped flowers of various colors, which are also used in everlastingeverlasting
or immortelle
, names for numerous plants characterized by papery or chaffy flowers that retain their form and often their color when dried and are used for winter bouquets and decorations.
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 bouquets. The common thrift, or sea pink, is Armeria maritima. The leadwort family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Plumbaginales.
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For instance, to create an interesting foundation border, the authors advise readers to use compact shrubs like "Sixteen Candles" Summersweet, which turns brilliant yellow in the fall, combined with a low-growing perennial like Leadwort that produces blue flowers in late summer and whose foliage transforms from green to deep red.
This newest addition to the definitive work carries on amongst the dicots, listing 740 species in 74 genera and three families, including Caryophyllales (pink order), Polygonales (Buckwheat order) and Plumbaginales (Leadwort order).
For this reason it's never a bad idea to give your plants a bit of a holiday outside during the summer before moving them indoors in the autumn PLUMBAGOIn its natural environment the plumbago (pictured), or leadwort, can almost be considered a 'thug' with a tendency to be a bit rampant and unruly but it's far-better behaved when grown as a container plant conservatory in a