The name Leadwort may not sound flattering, but this beautiful, hardworking perennial always deserves a place in a home garden.

Leadwort Flowers

Its tolerance of droughty soil, harsh growing conditions, deer, and all kinds of pests, the bright blue flowers and green foliage, along with fiery fall colors, make Leadwort a highly sought-after garden plant.

Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides

The hardy blue-flowered Leitwurz (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) is a species of flowering plant in the Plumbaginaceae (Plumbago) family, native to tropical, temperate, and warm regions of Asia and Africa. Ceratostigma is a genus of 8 different species[1] of flowering plants.

Leadwort Flowers

The specific Latin epithet plumbaginoides denotes its similarity to plants of the closely linked Plumbago genus. Leadwort, or plumbago, is a thread-like perennial that spreads through rhizomes to create an attractive ground cover.

Leitwurz Flower

Typically, it grows 6 to 10 inches tall on upright stalks protruding from rhizomes. The medium green, oval to obovate, glossy leaves (up to 2-inches long) turn bronze-red in fall.

The terminal clumps of five-petalled gentian blue flowers (1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter) appear on the foliage during a long flowering period from summer to frost.

Suggested Reading: Different Types of Flowers

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Key References
  • [1]“Ceratostigma plumbaginoides – Plant Finder”. Accessed November 26, 2021. Link.


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