Blue Plumbago Plant
Stunning Groundcover Hardy Blue Plumbago Plant
- Also Called Leadwort
- Gorgeous Deep Blue Flowers
- Vibrant Orange-Red Fall Color
- Groundcover Plants Fills in Bare Spots
- Blooms in Late Summer Through Fall
- Great Nectar Source for Butterflies
- Versatile, Can Grow in Full Sun or Partial Shade
- Deer Seldom Damage These Plants
No matter if you are just getting started with flowering plants, or you can barely squeeze in another variety, you'll want to add Blue Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides). These outstanding blue flowers will top traffic all summer and into fall!
You may hear this groundcover plant is commonly called Leadwort. It's covered in beautiful shades of sky blue and deeper gentian-blue in summer and well into fall.
Autumn is when this useful groundcover plant really shines. The blue flowers keep coming as the leaves turn a fiery orange-red.
The color contrast is unparalleled! You will be amazed at the visual impact such a low-growing plant will have in your yard.
It does well in full to part sun and spreads easily. It is drought tolerant once it is established and it stands up to light foot traffic too!
While no plant is truly "Deer Resistant", it's true that deer don't really like the taste of this perennial. However, butterflies sure do! Why not adorn your garden and make a big difference at the same time?
These lovely blooms help support the late season nectar needs of your local butterfly population. They will be much appreciated by monarch butterflies as they gear up for their annual migration.
Because this plant thrives in either full sun or light shade, it can be used as a tiny focal point along the edge of a woodland planting. Grow it in the dappled shade of your ornamental trees, or pump up the visual impact at the base of flowering shrubs.
Be sure to give Blue Plumbago a prominent planting place. That showy bright fall color will knock your socks off.
You'll love these very special blue-flowering groundcover perennials. Order more than one so that you can fill in those unsightly bare spots quickly.
How to Use Blue Plumbago Plant in the Landscape
Blue Plumbago plant loves to please. Use it as a lovely filler under the dappled shade of ornamental trees.
Place them at the edge of your garden beds. Blue Plumbago plant also looks incredible between stepping stones or as an understory plant to taller shrubs.
This unique plant is a nice companion to spring-blooming bulbs like Tulips and Daffodils. The vines really start to take off about the same time as their green foliage is fading to yellow.
It will spill over the edges of retaining walls to soften the look. Add them to the edge of your patio containers to add an extra color "pop".
Create a natural paradise with ground covering plants. They'll easily polish up the edge of garden beds within a season or two.
You can even use them in a collection of other groundcovers like Vinca and English Ivy to create a restful green carpet in your outdoor Yoga studio. Breathe deep, and enjoy this low-maintenance plant.
#ProPlantTips for Care
Versatile Blue Plumbago can be planted in full sun and partial shade or partial sun. Ensure it receives at least 4 hours of sunlight a day. It is best to give protection from afternoon sun in the warmer USDA hardiness Zones.
This beautiful groundcover needs sharp draining soil. It will, however, tolerate clay as long as it drains quickly after a rain event.
Give a medium amount of water on a regular basis for the best results. Apply a light application of mulch in Zone 5 for hardiness. Mulch also helps keep the root system nice and cool.
Apply an organic, all-purpose fertilizer in early spring and again around the Fourth of July. Don't apply fertilizer any later than that, to avoid producing a new flush of growth near the end of the growing season.
Lightly rake the planting in early spring to clean it up for the season. You can trim back at the edges at any time, but it shouldn't need additional pruning.
Don't miss one of the rarest flower shades on Earth. Order Blue Plumbago plants from Nature Hills today!
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Botanical Name||Ceratostigma plumbaginoides|
|Mature Height||6 - 10 inches|
|Mature Spread||18 - 24 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Fall Color||Orange, Red|
|When To Prune||Early Spring|