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Hardy Plumbago

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides


A low plant (30mm tall) with long but straight and tough creeping stems which very occasionally put down new roots (like strawberries?); At the ends of stems are seasonal clusters of short-lived flowers which put one new flower out each day; flowers in full bloom are sky blue with five bi-lobed petals, a tiny tag between lobes, white into the centre and five white and blue stamens; the plant spreads each spring to about 2 metres wide with many flowers late summer; a key plant to attract Amegilla cingulata into our garden.


Suburban garden; has been tried in different locations and although it survived for years in very harsh conditions it now thrives in moist soil with partial shade.


Native to tropical-temperate Africa and Asia.

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Hardy Plumbago
Ceratostigma Ceratostigma

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VivBraznell 8 years ago

Welcome Argybee!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Great suggestion VivBraznell. I was way off course with this one. Thanks!

VivBraznell 8 years ago

Ceratostigma willmottianum has a darker flower I believe

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago

Beautiful blue

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 30, 2012
Submitted on Mar 30, 2012

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