The low growing Ceratostigma genus can be a half hardy or hardy perennial.
Ceratostigma is also known by the common names of Leadwort and Plumbago.
Ceratostigma tends to flower from summer to autumn with deep blue blooms or pink and has beautiful red or bronze leaves when flowering.
Due to their small size leadwort and plumbago make ideal plants for rockeries or as a fill in plant for stone walls.
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides flowers and foliage by Harveyharrison and Wallygrom.
Common Names: Leadwort, Plumbago.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial. Half-hardy perennial.
Height: 12 to 40 inches (30 to 100 cm).
Native: Asia, Africa.
Ceratostigma require cold to germinate, so should therefore be sown out before the last frost of spring, or in the autumn. Seeds should be covered.
Ceratostigma prefers to grow in partially shaded or sunny parts of the garden and will grow in most soils, though best results will be got in an organic soil.
If you want to grow Leadwort or other Ceratostigma species from seeds indoors first, then they should be imbibed by placing the seeds (within soil) in a black bag, then placing in the fridge for five or six weeks.
Seeds should then be sown out at a temperature of 15 Celsius; they normally take about one to three months to germinate.
Ceratostigma seedlings should be transplanted in early spring with a spacing of 30 to 45 cm.
Hardy species of Ceratostigma can also be planted out in the autumn.
Plants should be regularly watered, but do not drench them; they should be cut back in the autumn.
I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Ceratostigma plants. Updated September 2020.