Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Hardy Plumbago

 

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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Hardy Plumbago) is one of the most versatile groundcovers for cold climates growing in both sun and shade and most soil types. It blooms in late summer with deep blue flowers followed by the foliage that turns burgundy red in fall.

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Groundcover
Low Maintenance
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Full Shade
Full Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Bloom Time Early to mid fall
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SKU HBL5AXX

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6-8" tall x 18" wide (cutting propagated). Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Hardy Plumbago) is an outstanding, long-lived groundcover that slowly weaves itself into the garden fabric, creating large drifts of fall color. The deep blue flowers are numerous and long lasting beginning in early fall. As the flowering finishes, the leaves begin a month-long change to a vivid mahogany red color. Plumbago is extremely adaptable, growing equally well in sun or shade, and thriving in a wide range of soil types. Hardy Plumbago (Leadwort) is slow to leaf out in the spring; be patient. Can tolerate occasional foot traffic.
Associated SKUs
HBL5AXX
33450 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
33450F (Flat of 32 - 2.5" deep pots)
Common Name Hardy Plumbago
Botanical Name Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Full Shade
Mature Height 6-8" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Early to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Groundcover, Low Maintenance, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Plumbago (also commonly known as Leadwort) is an easy to grow groundcover well suited for average, medium and well-drained soils. Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is suited for full sun or part shade, but will perform best with afternoon shade in hot climates. Plumbago spreads by rhizomes and can be somewhat aggressive in optimal growing conditions. It can cause contact dermatitis if skin is exposed to vesicles. It is advisable to wear gloves when pruning the plant. The plant goes dormant in winter, leafing out in spring; in USDA zone 5 we recommend adding a winter mulch.
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High Country GardensCeratostigma plumbaginoides
 
4.1

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (14)
  • Hardy (12)
  • Healthy (11)
  • Accurate instructions (10)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (13)
  • Outdoors (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (12), Getting started (4), Master gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Way slow starter, but colors will knock your socks off!

I love this - the first Spring, though, I was ready to give up. It takes FOREVER to re-emerge (early May in Western Washington). Another thing to note is that it may...Read complete review

I love this - the first Spring, though, I was ready to give up. It takes FOREVER to re-emerge (early May in Western Washington). Another thing to note is that it may or may not be appealing to deer, but bunnies love it. In fact I am up on the site today to rebalance my lopsided ground cover because rabbits have destroyed one side of my bed, while the other side is thriving. Also you should know that when I tried to divide and move some from the thriving side, I realized, as one other commenter had observed, that the roots are very deep and it will be tough to remove if you have it where you don't want it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not suitable for mountains

I actually consulted with the salesperson because my garden is high desert above 7000 ft and it is hard to find suitable perennials. I did this because in my garden I have troubles to...Read complete review

I actually consulted with the salesperson because my garden is high desert above 7000 ft and it is hard to find suitable perennials. I did this because in my garden I have troubles to grow plants that are from zone 4. (For some strange reason, my post code gives zone 7 as result).

Anyway, first winter killed every single plant. Plants were growing nicely till winter, very decorative, neat, lovely, all seemed as described. But even with 2 inches of mulch they could not survive winter.

Do not get this plant if you're in mountains.

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5.0

Vivid blue flower and autumn color

By 

from Pueblo CO

About Me Master Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Ground cover or mass planting

    Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

    This grew right away and started spreading. Very versatile 3 season interest. Great for shade or sun. Flowers are vivid blue and leaves turn red in Autumn.

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    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Will buy again

    By 

    from Reno, NV

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors

      Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

      This was our test year as we figure out a re-do; will likely buy this one again,

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      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Beautiful blue flowers

      By 

      from Scottsdale, AZ

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Garden
        • Outdoors

        Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

        Healthy dark green leaves with dark blue-purple blossoms. Planted in a container with some strong afternoon sun. Plants seem quite happy.

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        • Personal

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Love this plant!

        By 

        from Portland, Oregon

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

            I've grown this plant in both a watered, shady area in Colorado and now Portland, Oregon. I love that it blooms in the autumn when almost nothing else is in flower and the change in foliage color as fall progresses is a real plus! It's not a thuggish grower, but slowly fills into surrounding space. I now have it planted along the driveway in a difficult spot that gets little light, is very dry, and competes with roots from the neighbor's arborvitae. I often forget exactly where it is, as it doesn't show up until summer for me which is the only down side I can think of...We do water the area in the heat of the summer as I have it growing where there is also bleeding heart and Japanese blood grass, but all in all this is a very easy plant.

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            (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Way slow starter, but colors will knock your socks off!

            By 

            from Western Washington

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy

            Cons

            • Pests & Disease

            Best Uses

            • Garden

            Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

            I love this - the first Spring, though, I was ready to give up. It takes FOREVER to re-emerge (early May in Western Washington). Another thing to note is that it may or may not be appealing to deer, but bunnies love it. In fact I am up on the site today to rebalance my lopsided ground cover because rabbits have destroyed one side of my bed, while the other side is thriving. Also you should know that when I tried to divide and move some from the thriving side, I realized, as one other commenter had observed, that the roots are very deep and it will be tough to remove if you have it where you don't want it.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this showstopper

            By 

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Garden
              • Outdoors

              Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

              Love this ground cover-bought a 2nd flat to add to the garden space and with adding the Yum-Yum mix, didn't lose a single one even though it was a few weeks before I got them all in the ground. They are a real showstopper and are filling out nicely. The garden has received countless compliments and I couldn't be happier with the low-maintenance aspect of replacing the lawn with Plumbago.

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              • Personal

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it

              By 

              from Fernley ,Nev

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Garden

                Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                I love this plant. It was a slow starter in some spots , but took off .

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                • Personal

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Too early to tell

                By 

                from OFallon, Missouri

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                  Just planted 3 of these this year. They are still getting established, but I am expecting them to do really well next year.

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                  • Personal

                  (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Lovely and Perfect

                  By 

                  from Susanville, CA

                  About Me Master Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden
                    • Groundcover In Dry Shade

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                    Transforming what was once a dirt yard with failed lawn into a garden oasis in the high desert…with two large trees. These are doing a lovely job--only second season--of defining a walkway to the back gate under a very mature, tall spruce. The flower color is rare and lovely. Even better the fall color of the bracts...

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Beautiful

                    By 

                    from Yakima WA

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                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Healthy
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                        Useed these as edging along a brick path--very nice contrast. Hasn't gotten scraggly, but filled in very well. Love this plant

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                        • Personal

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Even better than I expected

                        By 

                        from Knights Landing, CA

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Instructions
                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden
                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                          I love these Crostigma Plumbaginoides. I bought 3 to start and then another 2. Very healthy plants that look great in the heat of summer, and beautiful bronze foliage in fall.

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                          • Personal

                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          A slow beginner

                          By 

                          from Westchester County, New York

                          About Me Avid Gardener

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Instructions
                          • Attractive

                          Cons

                          • Slow In The Beginning

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden
                          • Outdoors
                          • Patio

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                          I wanted to cover a front bed which is shady most of the day, so bought this product. It is a slow beginner so I need to have patience. This is only its second year so I am waiting to see how it progresses. Out of 3 plants, one has come back so far.

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                          • Personal

                          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Wonderful plant!

                          By 

                          from Holladay UT

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                          Pros

                          • Attractive
                          • Hardy
                          • Healthy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Garden
                            • Groundcover
                            • Outdoors

                            Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                            I keep ordering more of this terrific plant. It offers nearly year-round interest, and besides being attractive, it's hardy and durable.

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                            • Personal

                            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Love this plant

                            By 

                            from Mead, CO

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Pros

                            • Attractive
                            • Hardy
                            • Healthy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Garden
                              • Outdoors
                              • Patio

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                              Located on the eastern plains of Colorado. Planted this on the east side of the house surrounding a Red Bud Tree. Creates a beautiful purple/blue vista in the late summer/fall.

                              It is slow to start, but in the second year it is beautiful.

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                              • Personal

                              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Dependable addition to garden

                              By 

                              from Midland, TX

                              About Me Getting Started

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                              I planted this beneath mountain laurel, and the dwarf plant took a year to establish itself. While it died back in the winter, it spread nicely the following spring. The flowers are a deep blue - quite pretty! Little care is required for such a nice cover complete with show! I recommend this plant. I live in west Texas where conditions are dry.

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                              • Personal

                              (9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              choose location very carefully

                              By 

                              from Upland, CA

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                              Pros

                              • Attractive When In Bloom
                              • Hardy
                              • Needs Little Care

                              Cons

                              • Spreads With A Vengeance
                              • Ugly When Not Blooming
                              • Very Difficult To Remove

                              Best Uses

                              • Give It Much Growing Room

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                              I didn't like this plant. It grew little the first year and looked very brown when not blooming, but during this time it was growing rampantly underground so that the next season it covered 3-4 times the space than the year before. So it was 3-4 times as ugly when blooming was over. I took it out and it took a lot of effort as I had to dig down 1-2 feet to get all the pieces of roots. Any I missed continued to grow like the Sorcer's Apprentice's chopped up broom.

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                              • Personal

                              (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Dead on Arrival

                              By 

                              from Albuquerque, NM

                              About Me Master Gardener

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Small In Size

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                                  Sadly, I have had terrible luck with High Country. You pay a premium for tiny, sad plants that are not ready for prime time. I have lost about 50% of what I buy from these guys. For the three Ceratostigma plumbaginoides I purchased last fall, only one survived. See Service/Delivery comments.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

                                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Very hardy in Albuquerque foothills

                                  By 

                                  from Albuquerque, New Mexico

                                  About Me Avid Gardener

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive
                                  • Hardy
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Garden
                                    • Outdoors

                                    Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                                    This plant thrives with little water or care. It has spread throughout my dry stack rock wall. We live on Albuquerque's east side at elevation 5900' in the foothills.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

                                    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    Not suitable for mountains

                                    By 

                                    from Big Bear City, CA

                                    About Me Avid Gardener

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive
                                    • Healthy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:

                                        I actually consulted with the salesperson because my garden is high desert above 7000 ft and it is hard to find suitable perennials. I did this because in my garden I have troubles to grow plants that are from zone 4. (For some strange reason, my post code gives zone 7 as result).

                                        Anyway, first winter killed every single plant. Plants were growing nicely till winter, very decorative, neat, lovely, all seemed as described. But even with 2 inches of mulch they could not survive winter.

                                        Do not get this plant if you're in mountains.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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