Ceratostigma Blue Plumbago

Ceratostigma Blue Plumbago
Ceratostigma Blue Plumbago

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Easy, reliable, and beautiful fall color
SKU v1093
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Key Characteristics
Zone

5 - 9

Mature Height

12 IN

Mature Width

18 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Dry, Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy, Clay, Sandy, Poor

Description / Ceratostigma Blue Plumbago

The old adage goes that if you can't grow plumbago, it's time to move to the city. And that's really no exaggeration—this perennial is quick to spread and puts up with a lot of abuse, from dry soil to neglect. With a constitution like that, you'd expect Blue Plumbago to look rather weedy and tough, yet it is as dainty as a violet and as bushy as a vinca.

The original late-bloomer, plumbago makes a belated appearance in spring, after most of the garden is well under way. Quickly meandering over rocks and across troublesome bare spots, Blue Plumbago begins blooming in late summer, just as the rest of the flower garden is calling it quits. The peacock-blue flowers are flattish and held wide open, just 3/4-inch across yet very prominent against the small, bright green leaves. As the weather cools, the foliage turns a rich mahogany, enhancing this plant's appeal.

Only 8 to 12 inches high, it forms mats 12 to 18 inches across. Plumbago is superb for ground cover, edging, or underplanting shrubs. Or, if you have a fall perennial bed, by all means plant it in front of your pink Mums and red asters.

Dwarf Blue Plumbago thrives in good soil or poor, in heat or cold, in sun or shade (partial shade is ideal). It does need good soil drainage and prefers dry to wet conditions, but these are its only requirements. Mulch lightly in winter in Zones 5 and 6. Zones 5-9.

Product Details

Genus Ceratostigma
Species plumbaginoides
Product Classification Perennials, Plants
Habit Spreading
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Bloom Color Blue
Max Bloom Size 0.75
Bloom Season Start Late Summer
Bloom Season End Early Fall
Foliage Color Burgundy, Medium Green, Red
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Characteristics Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Fall Foliage Changes, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers
Uses Border, Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Outdoor
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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