I LOVE THIS PLANT !! It can be tricky in my zone 5 - 5b garden, but it is more than worth trying. I have lost a few, but they were in too much shade; even though they say sun or shade, it is definitely better in sun. I have found it is most beautiful when planted outside a russian sage. The electric blue of the plumbago flowers and lavender-blue of the russian sage are an absolutely STUNNING combination and I came upon this quite by accident. We'll see how it handles winter in the hell-strip between the sidewalk and the road (LOTS of snow gets piled up there), but I will be sure to mulch it well this fall and do everything I can to be sure it comes back and repeats this summer's performance !
Leadwort Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Showy blue flowers that attract butterflies; blooms summer to fallFall InterestAttracts:Butterflies
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:6 - 8 InchesSpacing:18 - 20 InchesSpread:12 - 22 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFlower Shade:Blue-TrueFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:TrailingContainer Role:Spiller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Early SummerBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Use as edging or ground coverMaintenance Notes:
Renee, 9 years ago
Low-growing groundcover (about 8 inches high), grows fairly slowly, tolerates clay soil, beautiful blue flowersRussell Studebaker, California, United States, 9 years ago
Linda, Illinois, United States, 9 years ago