Ceratostigma or Plumbago are flowering herbaceous, sub shrubs or shrubs from the Plumbaginaceae family. They are native to Africa and Asia.
What is a Ceratostigma?
Ceratostigma are hardy to slightly frost tender deciduous or semi evergreen plants that are usually less than 1m tall. They are grown for their attractive blue flowers which appear in summer and into the autumn. After the flowering season the foliage takes on beautiful autumn colours. Bees and other pollinators are attracted to the flowers.
Where to plant Ceratostigma?
Ceratostigma like a sheltered spot with full sun or partial shade and moist but well drained soil. Smaller forms make colourful summer patio pots and in the border small or large forms add summer colour to courtyard, cottage, gravel and Mediterranean style gardens.
How to care for Ceratostigma?
Ceratostigma are easy plants to grow. Water young and pot grown plants in dry conditions. A light trim in early spring just above the previous years growth and a mulch will promote fresh growth and flowers later in the year.