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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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(based on 20 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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.
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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I love my ceratostigma-plumbaginoid!!!
from Carlinville, IL
About Me Getting Started
Comments about High Country Gardens Ceratostigma plumbaginoides:
Very pretty and easy to care for. I had mine in a pot this summer and have it inside now. I plan to put it in the ground this spring.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Vivid blue flower and autumn color
By Native plant granny
from Pueblo CO
About Me Master Gardener
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.
Will buy again
from Reno, NV
This was our test year as we figure out a re-do; will likely buy this one again,
Beautiful blue flowers
from Scottsdale, AZ
About Me Avid Gardener
Healthy dark green leaves with dark blue-purple blossoms. Planted in a container with some strong afternoon sun. Plants seem quite happy.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Love this plant!
By Dawnsie Gardener
from Portland, Oregon
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.
(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
from Western Washington
(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Love this showstopper
from Denver, CO
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.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Fernley ,Nev
I love this plant. It was a slow starter in some spots , but took off .
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Too early to tell
from OFallon, Missouri
Just planted 3 of these this year. They are still getting established, but I am expecting them to do really well next year.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Lovely and Perfect
from Susanville, CA
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...
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from Yakima WA
Useed these as edging along a brick path--very nice contrast. Hasn't gotten scraggly, but filled in very well. Love this plant
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Even better than I expected
from Knights Landing, CA
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.
A slow beginner
from Westchester County, New York
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.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
By Susan in Holladay
from Holladay UT
I keep ordering more of this terrific plant. It offers nearly year-round interest, and besides being attractive, it's hardy and durable.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Love this plant
from Mead, CO
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.
Dependable addition to garden
By Flower girl
from Midland, TX
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.
(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
choose location very carefully
from Upland, CA
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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Dead on Arrival
By Tomato King
from Albuquerque, NM
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.
Merchant response: We were so sorry to hear about your experience with us! This is certainly not what we promise but we thank you for bringing this to our attention to give us a chance to make it up to you! Please know that we do offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products. To take advantage of this, we urge you to call us at 1-800-925-9387 Our hours are Monday-Friday 9-5 PM MT. One of our firendly representatives would be more than happy to go over your options so you can get exactly what you paid for! Happy Gardening!
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Very hardy in Albuquerque foothills
from Albuquerque, New Mexico
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.
(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
from Big Bear City, CA
Merchant response: Thank you for your honest feedback regarding your experience with growing these Ceratostigma plumbaginoides in a mountainous area. We sincerely apologize that these plants did not meet your expectations. There are many variables in gardening but we are committed to your success and stand behind all our products with our 100% guarantee. Please contact us so that we may assist you with a solution. Happy Gardening!
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
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