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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
  • Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides is a colorful deer proof ground cover
  • Plumbago leaves turn coppery bronze in the fall
  • Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides is not bothered by pests or disease
  • Plumbagois an easy ground cover to grow
  • Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides stays attractive all season long

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Deer proof perennial ground cover for sand or clay!
Item: #CERPL1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8,9
As low as $11.19
  • Undemanding sun perennial for difficult to grow sites and slopes
  • Deer proof ground cover
  • Eye-popping blue flowers in mid summer
  • Foliage turns coppery bronze in late summer
  • Easy container gardening
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Description

 Ceratostigma, or plumbago, is a late summer-fall blooming deer proof ground cover with intense gentian-blue flowers. One of the easiest groundcovers to grow!

Plumbago is a creeping, semi-woody perennial that is happy in full sun to partial shade.  This tough-as-nails, heat tolerant perennial will thrive on dry, sunny slopes and makes a terrific foreground planting to flowering shrubs.

Plumbago enjoys average to moist well-drained soil in sand or clay and is not bothered by pests or diseases.  Plumbago adds color to the late season perennial garden when little else is in bloom.

Bright blue flower begin in mid summer & continue up to 3 months!

By the time the first frost begins to dampen the floral parade, the foliage has turned to a rich maroon color that is a sight to behold.

This durable groundcover stays attractive all season long. Plumbago grows up to 12" tall and combines well with Coneflowers, Ornamental Grasses, KnockOut Roses or Flowering Shrubs.

Special features: Attracts butterflies, Color change, Deer resistant, Disease resistant,  Easy care, Fall color, Long blooming, Pest resistant, Rabbit resistant

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
  • Common name:
    Plumbago, leadwort
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Sun, Part shade
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
    Normal, Sandy
  • Soil moisture:
    Dry, Average, Moist
  • Height x width:
    12" X 18"
  • Flower color:
    Gentian blue
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Late summer -early fall
  • Uses:
    Accent, Alpine and rock, Container gardening, Edging, Erosion control or embankment, Ground cover, Massing, Naturalizing, Under planting
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #:



Soil: Average, medium, well-drained soils. Somewhat wide range of soil tolerance except for wet, poorly-drained ones.
Light: Full sun to part shade. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates of the southern USA.
Water: Average needs. Water during hot, dry periods.
Spacing: 1 to 1 1/2 feet
Fertilizing: Fertilize in the early spring and then again, if necessary, in late fall. Timed release, balanced fertilizer best. Do not fertilize your shrub in late summer. This will stimulate new growth that may not harden before cooler weather arrives. Most established woody plants thrive with only one application of fertilizer per year, preferably in spring.
Winterizing: May not be reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5 where it will benefit from a light winter mulch.
Maintenance & pruning: Spreads by rhizomes and can be somewhat aggressive in optimum growing conditions. Cut back to the ground in autumn. Can divide in late autumn, or after the last spring frost.


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Dorothee J  |  Oct 15, 2014
I wanted to let you know that I just received my plants and I am extremely impressed with the quality and care put into packaging and shipping my order to me.