Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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(Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
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Synonyms:  Plumbago larpentiae
Genus:  Ceratostigma
This lovely herbaceous species is versatile and undemanding. It is the star of the late-summer garden with its spiky bright red flower buds and vivid blue flowers, displaying long-lasting mahogany red foliage in fall. Spreading slowly via underground runners, this long-lived plant makes a solid mat with erect, slender red stems and bright green leaves.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Under irrigated conditions, it grows well both in full sun and in full shade. Leaves are slow to emerge in the spring.
Care:  Provide full sun or part shade (especially in hot summer areas) and moist but well-drained soil. Remove suckers in spring.
Propagation:  Softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Problems:  Powdery mildew.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden,
Shade
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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