Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is one of the most versatile groundcovers for cold climates growing in both sun and shade and most soil types. Plumbago blooms in late summer with deep blue flowers followed by the foliage that turns burgundy red in fall.

Common Name

 Plumbago, Leadwort

Botanical Name

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides


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Light Requirements

Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade, Full Shade

Flower Color


Mature Height

6-8" tall

Mature Spread

18" wide

Bloom Time

Early to mid fall

Ships As

Potted Plant

Soil Type

Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil

Soil Moisture

Drought Resistant / Waterwise

Amount Of Rain

10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"


Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Good For Containers, Groundcover, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Great For Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Good For Erosion Control

Ideal Region

Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest

Planting Time

Spring / Summer, Fall