Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

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Common Name: Leadwort
Hardiness Zone: 5-8S/9W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Aug-Sep
Mature Height: 9-12" Spacing: 12"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides puts on a striking performance at the end of the season that’s well worth the wait. Brilliant dark blue flowers appear at the same time the leaves turn fiery scarlet and bronze. A natural companion for Crocus or other early bulbs, as it will fill in around them and hide dying foliage.

Ceratostigma, otherwise known as Leadwort or Plumbago, is a genus of 8 species of flowering plants in the family Plumbaginaceae. The genus contains herbaceous plants and small shrubs that can be either deciduous or evergreen. Plants are native to Africa and Asia, generally found in temperate to tropical regions there. Pick a spot where you can appreciate the late summer flowers and striking autumn foliage color of the leaves.

For information on growing Ceratostigma, click Growing Guide.




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Love Leadwort

Got a small plant in Princeton and just put it in the ground. Great ground cover, NO DEER, green leaves initially, then white flowers, then blue flowers and then, finally, the foliage turns an eggplant color. Spreads nicely without overwhelming the garden. My Virignia Bluebells disappear under the Leadwort. I can't recommend it enough. I'm sorry it is sold out!

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Latin Name Pronunciation: sir-at-oh-stig'-mah 

Terminal clusters of blue flowers in August-September. Green foliage turns bright scarlet and bronze in fall. Height 9-12". Spreads to 12" or more. Rhizomatous roots.

Culture: Full sun to part shade. Good garden soil that is well-drained. Space 12" apart. Late to appear in spring in colder end of its range. Apply winter protection each year in zone 5 to insure survival.

Suggested Use: Combine with Crocus or other early bulbs. Use as ground cover or in edging borders.