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There are only about 8 known species of Ceratostigma.
Beautiful plant's foliage changes colors with the seasons. Mass in edgings, on embankments or between rocks. Great with Sedum 'Autumn Joy' or Phlox 'David'.
|Plant Types:||Groundcover, Perennial|
|Light:||Partial Shade to Full Sun|
|Width:||1 foot 3 inches|
|Zones:||5a to 9a|
|Special Features:||Attractive foliage, Deer resistant, Naturalizing, Not North American native|
|Fertilizer:||Blood Meal, Fish Emulsion, Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food|
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In spring, root softwood cuttings or in summer, root semi-ripe cuttings. Can remove suckers in autumn or spring, and layer in autumn as well. Layering is a propagation method where a stem is pegged to the soil while still attached to the parent plant. This process induces rooting.
Deciduous and evergreen subshrubs and herbaceous perennials. Does well with full sun exposure and partial shade. Some species can reach heights of 4 ft. while others grow as ground covers. Grow Ceratostigma in a mixed or shrub border. In areas where Ceratostigma is not growing hardy, raise plants in a cool greenhouse with a minimum temperature of 35°F (2°C). During the day, set temperatures between 41-50°F (5-10°C), and at night, keep the temperature at 36°F (2°C).
In summer and into late fall, Plumbagos flower with clusters of intensely blue 5-lobed flowers that look like Phlox flowers.
Although Plumbagos can tolerate inconsistent watering, they thrive with moderate to regular watering. After the flowers fade, apply a thick mulch around the base of the plant. Does best in moderately fertile and light, moist, but well-drained soil.
Fertilization is not generally required for good plant output.
For shrub species, after flowering, cut back flowered shoots to within 0.5-1" of previous year's growth.
Powdery mildew can be a problem.