Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Bunge

Plumbaginaceae

Life form: perennial
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: dry bis Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: obovate

Division: simple

         

Shape: salverform
Fruit: not specified

97A / 5260c4 

Inflorescence: capituli

Petals: single
Habit: erect

Growth form: mat-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Caryophyllidae
Superordo:
Plumbaginanae
Ordo:
Plumbaginales

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is a perennial.

Naming

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides was described by Alexander Andrejewitsch von Bunge in 1833. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is a species in the genus Ceratostigma which contains approximately 8 to 10 species and belongs to the family of the Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family).

Characteristics

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides - flowers

Growth

The perennials have a mat-forming habit and reach heights of 20 to 30 centimetres.

Leaves

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are obovate and petiolate with entire margins and arcuate venation. The leaves are around 10 to 20 centimetres large. They turn an attractive orange to bright orange in autumn.

Flowers and Fruits

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides produces capituli of erect, sky-blue salverform flowers from September to October.


Root System

Distribution

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is native to West Switzerland.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam with a pH between 8 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas
  • rockeries
  • woodland borders (soil usually rich in humus)

Uses

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is considered a valuable wild perennial. The recommended planting distance is 25 centimetres, the perennials are best planted in groups of 3 to 10. Suited for rockeries, as well as suited as a neighbour to roses, groundcover, container plant and as slope plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Winter protection may be necessary.

Propagate by cuttings or by division.

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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