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Leadwort

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Dense clusters of spreading foliage support deep, clear blue flowers, that provide brilliant red fall color.

This plant is most often grown as a groundcover or edging plant along the front of a border. Foliage makes a low green mound through the summer, bursting into colour in August, when the brilliant blue starry flowers appear. As summer turns to fall, the whole plant begins to turn shades of bright scarlet and finally maroon red. Allow it room to spread, as plants want to form a patch by making underground stolons. In Zones 5 to 6 plants should be mulched in late fall for winter protection. Very late to come up in the spring, so be patient. Attractive to butterflies. Tolerates heat and humidity.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms late summer to fall

Mature Height:

8-12 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

5-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Full Sun,Partial Shade

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow on at 55-65° F in medium light levels. Keep evenly moist, but never overly wet. Allow to dry slightly between watering. Once actively growing pinch to have a fuller plant. Generally finish in 6-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining professional potting soil keeping crown of plant at same level it was in the plug. Once potted, water immediately and apply a broad spectrum fungicide according to directions to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.