Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Bunge
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is a perennial.
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides was described by Alexander Andrejewitsch von Bunge in 1833. The name is considered as validly published.
The perennials have a mat-forming habit and reach heights of 20 to 30 centimetres.
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.
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is native to West Switzerland.
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 -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
- woodland borders (soil usually rich in humus)
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.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe 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.