Chinese Plumbago

Ceratostigma willmottianum

Hardy Plumbago

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A close up of some blue Ceratostigma willmottianum flowers
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Ceratostigma willmottianum is a spreading, deciduous shrub that brings welcome colour to the garden in late summer/early autumn. This plant has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. Masses of vivid cobalt-blue flowers appear from August to October (UK) and then in autumn, this shrub gives a second burst of colour when it's leaves turn a rich russet-red.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings

Take semi hardwood cuttings in summer.

Special features

Ground cover

Autumn colour

Attractive flowers

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

This low maintenance plant is best in towards the front of a sheltered, sunny border in soil that does not get too dry. It is perfect for banks and slopes of cottage gardens but equally suits containers in Mediterranean style gardens.

Personality

Family

Plumbaginaceae

Flower colour

Blue

Scent

None

Related Problems

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