Plumbago – Leadwort, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Plumbago - Leadwort, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Plumbago Larpenlx or Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is one of the very late blooming small border plants. Because it is such a persistent blooming plant from July until freezing weather in the Winter, it is very much valued at the time of the year when most other border plants have finished blooming. Plumbago Larpentae grows about 10 inches or 12, inches high and forms a round, ball-like mass of dark green, glossy foliage which in the Fall months is covered with trusses of lovely cobalt-blue flowers on wiry stems, which last for a long time.

Where to plant Plumbago

Plumbago Larpentae is especially useful as a rock garden plant because the foliage turns a reddish-bronze in Autumn and lasts so long that, with the deep glossy green foliage of early Spring, it makes a good all-the-year-round plant. This perennial is also used in borders and as an edging plant.

Plumbago growing conditions

In the colder regions the plants need protection during the Winter. The plants may be taken from the ground and placed in coldframes. They grow well in sunny places and in any good garden soil.


The plants are usually propagated by dividing the roots in Spring.

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