Perennial Leadwort

Perennial leadwort (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), also known as hardy plumbago, is a long-blooming, semi-woody perennial from western China that will grow throughout South Carolina. This relatively underused perennial blooms in late summer through fall with ½- to ¾-inch-diameter gentian-blue flowers that resemble those of woodland phlox. Flowers occur in a compact inflorescence or cluster at the ends of branches.

To learn more about cultural conditions that perennial leadwort prefers as well as its uses in the garden and how to propagate it, see HGIC 1180, Perennial Leadwort.

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