Plumbago auriculatais native to South Africa, and is a popular ornamental plant in subtropical gardens in Florida, Cuba and other warm-winter climates across the world. My friend has a huge brick planter in front of her house with this plant and I've been meaning to paint an "embeleso" or plumbago for some time now. They remind me of Cuba. When I was little, my mom showed me how to string them together to make leis. What a fun way to keep a little one busy!