Ceratostigma willmottianum

Chinese plumbago

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Judy Newton

Outstanding Qualities

Electric-blue flowers sparkle amongst the late summer foliage of this bushy perennial. Flowering will start in late July and continue through early autumn, providing lots of brilliant color to the landscape. It is surprisingly dry tolerant and loves a baking hot location.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: blue

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: midsummer 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
This plumbago thrives in a hot spot with full sun or light shade in rich, well-drained soil. Occasional summer watering during dry periods is best. Prune to the ground in winter.