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CERATOSTIGMA abyssinicum

Commonly known as Shrubby plumbago

Sturdy half-hardy shrub with sky-blue flowers
Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - leathery, bristly, elliptic leaves to 6.5cm (2½in) long turning bronze-red in autumn
  • Blue - sky blue
  • Height - 90cm(36in)
  • Spread - 60cm (24in)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - prolific-blooming shrub
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - leggy growth can be pruned back in spring
  • Pests & Diseases - powdery mildew
  • Place of origin - warm temperate and tropical areas of Africa
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Flower Shape - Tubular - - 5-lobed, phlox-like flowers to 3cm (1¼in) across
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - usually sold as a conservatory plant
  • Patio / pot plants
  • Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0) -
  • Soil Conditions - Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil -
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Ceratostigma - Growing Guide
90cm(36in)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  60cm (24in)
 

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