Plumbago

I posted about this pretty plant here last autumn, but as that was one of my first posts I doubt if anyone read it!  So here it is again… one of my all-time favourites.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Also known as leadwort or plumbago (Chinesische Bleiwurz)

(Click on the photos for a closer look)

Last year I wrote that this flowering ground cover spreads slowly. Well, that must be because my rockery is very hot and dry, as my neighbour tells me she is always pulling bits out! (Be warned – its roots can become invasive!)

It is very hardy (zone 5), drought-tolerant, preferring well-drained soil, and it can grow in nutritionally poor ground, but does need sun or at least half-shade. It flowers from August to late October, but the deep blue flowers are only part of its attraction – the leaves also change colour, to a reddish bronze.

22 thoughts on “Plumbago

  1. Lots to love about this plant! I’m really attracted to blue flowers of any kind, and I like the fact that the foliage changes colour. I also have a nice sunny spot it would probably enjoy! I’m sad that zone 5 isn’t quite hardy enough for me, though…it wouldn’t make it as a perennial here.

  2. Beautiful flowers and I like the colour-changing foliage. I think in my ground it would spread easily however so nothing for me. I decided on no more invasive plants after all that ivy I´ve “weeded”…..

  3. Pingback: Plumbago – Take 3 | Words and Herbs

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