Plumbago or Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)
Plumbago or Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)Plumbago or Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

Plumbago or Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

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Hardy, herbaceous, late-summer flowering perennial groundcover
Description: bears terminal, spike-like clusters of brilliant azure blue flowers resembling woodland phlox; autumn foliage is richly red-tinted
Habit: spreading by rhizomes; grows 12 inches high and 18 or more inches wide
Culture: Prefers evenly moist but well-drained soil and full sun to light shade; rich garden loam
Attributes: attracts butterflies, fall color, drought tolerant, deer resistant
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 through 9

Formerly known as Plumbago larpentia, this handsome perennial was introduced to Europe and Britain from China in 1845. It is also native to eastern Africa. Although a spreading groundcover, with slender, mat-forming woody stems, Leadwort is slow growing and not thought to be invasive. Early 20th-century southern garden writer Elizabeth Lawrence was partial to its long-flowering display, saying: “the lively smart blue of leadwort…is the perfect contrast for the lemon and orange of Zinnea linearis.” It is deer and drought resistant and attracts butterflies. zone6,zone7,zone8,zone9
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