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Dwarf Plumbago

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Showy, versatile and durable groundcover for sun or shade. Electric blue flowers are set off by bronze-green to dark green leaves on wiry stems. Spreads slowly, providing wonderful drifts of color. As the flowers fade, the autumn foliage takes center stage, developing brilliant shades of red. An herbaceous perennial.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical Pronunciationser-at-oh-STIG-muh plum-bag-ih-NOY-deez
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 12 to 18 in. tall and wide, spreading wider over time.
Bloom TimeSummer to Early Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorBlue
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Ground Cover, Edging
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsBlanket Flower (Gaillardia); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum); Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Highly adaptable to a wide range of soil types; avoid wet, poorly-drained sites. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Space plants 1 1/2 ft. apart as a groundcover, or closer for faster coverage; control weeds until plants fill in.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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