Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

dwarf plumbago

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Dwarf plumbago sparkles in late summer and autumn with sapphire-blue flowers that are increasingly silhouetted against the rich reds and oranges of its fall foliage color. Understated during early summer, it rambles and weaves through other plantings, preparing for its late season surprise. Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is late to come up in the spring. Because of this, it makes a great companion for bulbs, often not growing strongly until the bulb foliage starts to die back. It then quickly covers the spent bulb's leaves.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: late summer to early autumn flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: white, orange, yellow, burgundy

Great Color Partners: blue, purple, rose

Culture Notes
Place dwarf plumbago in full sun or light shade in rich, well-drained soil. Occasional summer watering encourages a heavier late season bloom. Once the fall color ends it can be cut to the ground.