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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

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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 CharacteristicsUnder irrigated conditions, it grows well both in full sun and in full shade. Leaves are slow to emerge in the spring.

CareProvide full sun or part shade (especially in hot summer areas) and moist but well-drained soil. Remove suckers in spring.

PropagationSoftwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsPowdery mildew.

  • Genus : Ceratostigma
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer, Summer
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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