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Chinese Plumbago

Ceratostigma willmottianum

Also known as

Hardy Plumbago

Ceratostigma willmottianum - Quarryhill Botanical Garden - DSC03382 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H7-H2

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Chinese Plumbago Overview

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.

Common problems with Chinese Plumbago

How to propagate Chinese Plumbago

Cuttings

Take semi hardwood cuttings in summer.

Seed

Division

By division.

Special features of Chinese Plumbago

Ground cover

Autumn colour

Attractive flowers

Hedge plant

Other uses of Chinese Plumbago

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.

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