Crevice climber

DAY 104 (18 JULY) – Blue plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) (Vejer, Spain)

The wind in Vejer is very strong, especially the Levante that blows across from Africa. It may help to explain why so many plants just take root in the crevices of houses in the old town.

Here are two side by side, but it’s the blue plumbago or blue jasmine (jazmín azul as they call it here) that is so lovely – even as it starts to fade. Native to South Africa (also called Cape leadwort), it was believed to combat the effects of lead poisoning. The name comes from the Latin ‘plumbum’.

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