Blue Plumbago

Quantity

Description

Easy, reliable, and beautiful fall color

The old adage goes that if you can't grow plumbago, it's time to move to the city. And that's really no exaggeration—this perennial is quick to spread and puts up with a lot of abuse, from dry soil to neglect. With a constitution like that, you'd expect Blue Plumbago to look rather weedy and tough, yet it is as dainty as a violet and as bushy as a vinca.

The original late-bloomer, plumbago makes a belated appearance in spring, after most of the garden is well under way. Quickly meandering over rocks and across troublesome bare spots, Blue Plumbago begins blooming in late summer, just as the rest of the flower garden is calling it quits. The peacock-blue flowers are flattish and held wide open, just 3/4-inch across yet very prominent against the small, bright green leaves. As the weather cools, the foliage turns a rich mahogany, enhancing this plant's appeal.

Only 8 to 12 inches high, it forms mats 12 to 18 inches across. Plumbago is superb for ground cover, edging, or underplanting shrubs. Or, if you have a fall perennial bed, by all means plant it in front of your pink Mums and red asters.

Dwarf Blue Plumbago thrives in good soil or poor, in heat or cold, in sun or shade (partial shade is ideal). It does need good soil drainage and prefers dry to wet conditions, but these are its only requirements. Mulch lightly in winter in Zones 5 and 6. Zones 5-9.

Details

Skip Product Specs
Genus Ceratostigma
Species plumbaginoides
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Start to End Late Summer - Early Fall
Habit Spreading
Plant Height 8 in - 12 in
Plant Width 12 in - 18 in
Bloom Size .75 in
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower, Bloom First Year, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Fall Foliage Changes
Bloom Color Blue
Foliage Color Medium Green, Burgundy, Red
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained, Dry
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Disease Resistant, Cold Hardy
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Sandy, Poor, Clay
Uses Containers, Outdoor, Border, Ground Cover, Foliage Interest, Fall Color
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii

No Reviews Yet

Leave a Review

You May Also Like