Colours and scent Flowers: Blue Fruit: Leaf: Green Stem: Red Variegated leaf: No Scent: No
Size and shape Height: 1.00m Height at 10yrs: 1.00m Spread: 1.50m Spread at 10yrs: 1.50m Shape: Round
Evergreen, Seasons of interest... Blooms/foliage interest in: Spring, Summer, Autumn Evergreen: No, deciduous
Ceratostigma willmottianum Chinese plumbago, Leadwort
Plant Names... Botanical name: Ceratostigma willmottianum Common name: Chinese plumbago, Leadwort Also known as:
Plant Type... Plant botanical type: Shrub
Use For... Structural, Deer resistant, Butterfly attraction
Description... A delightful small shrub of herbaceous appearance, this has pretty light green leaves, somewhat diamond-shaped and enlivened by reddish stalks. In July or August the plant produces rounded, cornflower blue flowers which last right into autumn when they sit alongside the purple autumnal tints of the foliage. This is well suited to a warm sunny spot against a wall and it is good sited by a house since it has such a long season of interest.
Awards Royal Horicultural Society's Award of Garden Merit
Typically available as
Planting your new plant
Water the plant thoroughly when you get it home, and plant out as soon as possible. Make the hole for the plant larger that the pot it is in and the same depth. When removing the plant from the pot, squeeze the sides of the pot to loosen it. Loosen the roots of the plant, put the plant in the hole spreading the roots to encourage them to grow outwards. Fill round the edges of the rootball with soil to the same level as the surrounding soil.
Care for your plant
Plants in containers need plant food to thrive when in growth. Seek advice from your retailer regarding best product(s). Follow the packet instructions when applying plant food. Remove fading flowers to encourage fresh ones.
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