Chinese Plumbago

Ceratostigma willmottianum

Beautiful shrub valued for its profusion of bright blue flower clusters followed by brilliant fall foliage color. Tolerates poor soils, some neglect. Nice addition to perennial garden. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationser-at-oh-STIG-muh wil-mot-ee-AH-num
LoreThis genus was named from the Greek for horned stigma.
Average Size at MaturityModerate grower, masses of erect stems, 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeLate summer to fall
Design IdeasThis cute blue flowering perennial is an ideal groundcover and mass planting. Add into borders for interest, but beware it's potential to invade. Use to line the edges of water gardens and rocky stream beds or to edge paths and flagstone walks.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, Tolerates Poor Soils, Pet Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsPlumbago does very well beneath deciduous flowering shrubs such as Lady In Red Hydrangea, (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lady In Red'), Magical Gold Forsythia, (Forsythia x intermedia 'Kolgold'), Korean Lilac, (Syringa pubescens subsp. patula) and Eastern Snowball, (Viburnum opulus 'Sterile').

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-9

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