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CERATOSTIGMA plumbaginoides

Commonly known as Shrubby plumbago

A perennial plant which provides good ground cover and deep blue flowers

  • Deciduous - oval, bright-green leaves to 9cm (3in) long with bristly margins. Red tints in autumn.
  • Blue - deep blue
  • Height - 45cm (18in)
  • Spread - 30cm (12in)
  • Alpine or rock plant - These plants prefer well drained soil and are generally dwarf in habit.
  • Ground cover - These plants are typically low growing and spread quickly to inhibit weed growth on areas of bare soil - rhizomatous, spreading perennial. with erect, tred stems. Flowers to 2cm (¾in) acrossin terminal spikes.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - introduced into UK by Robert Fortune in 1845.
  • Pests & Diseases - powdery mildew.
  • Place of origin - western China.
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Rockery (inc alpine)
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn
  • Soil Conditions - Medium to light, fertile, well drained soil
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly
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