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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

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COMMON NAME Ceratostigma

TYPE deciduous, rhizomatous spreader, green leaves with red edges, thin red stems with terminal clusters of blue flowers in late summer

GROWTH ENVIRONMENT sunny perennial border, open, partial shade under trees, tolerates dry soil

SOIL fertile, moist, well-drained soil

ZONE 5 - 9

SIZE 18”

FLOWER COLOR clusters of brilliant blue, open flowers in late summer

NARRATIVE Prolific late summer bloomer. Grows under trees in bright light. Fall color of leaves is dark green tinged with dark red. Dies back to the ground in winter. Slow to emerge in the spring. Works well as a ground cover. Can be interplanted with spring bulbs. Drought tolerant. Divide rhizomes in spring when growth starts or in fall. Deer resistant.