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Plumbago or Leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides)

$10.00
Item #:
603061
Availability:
Sold out for the season.
Item #:
603061
Availability:
Sold out for the season.

Description

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.

 

Arrives in a 2.5" pot.

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