Ceratostigma willmottianum | Chinese plumbago - 50-65cm, 3lt

Ceratostigma willmottianum | Chinese plumbago - 50-65cm, 3lt

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Ceratostigma willmottianum is a small, spreading, late-flowering, deciduous shrub with elegant, arching, reddish stems with diamond-shaped, bristle, purple-margined, green leaves, bright red in autumn, and clusters of vivid, cobalt-blue flowers blooming in summer and autumn, followed by seed heads in winter. Attractive to bees, birds, and butterflies. Ceratostigma willmottianum can grow in a wide range of soils, as long as they are well-drained. It thrives in full sun or dappled shade. Doesn’t like too wet, waterlogged, or too dry soils. It thrives in sheltered sunny areas. It can withstand some frost. As Mediterranean climate plant, suitable for coastal conditions. Generally, pest-free, and relatively, disease-free. Low maintenance plant doesn’t require pruning. Chinese plumbago is an adaptable shrub, perfect for informal, cottage, coastal, and urban gardens. Excellent as a ground cover, for beds and borders, shrub and wall-side borders. Great for banks and slopes for erosion control. Good-looking in rock and gravel and Mediterranean-style gardens. Suitable for growing in containers.
  • Common Name

    Chinese plumbago

  • Family


  • Type

    deciduous shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Height (cm)


  • Native To


  • Flower

    clusters of vivid, cobalt-blue flowers

  • Foliage

    diamond-shaped, bristle, purple-margined, green leaves, bright red in autumn

  • Maturation period

    5–10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


South–facing or West–facing or East–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, alkaline, neutral, full sun, partial shade

Soil moisture

moist but well–drained, well–drained

Growing Period


summer, autumn


spring, summer, autumn



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