General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6 to 10 inches (15-25 cm)
Leaves: Good fall color
Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Erosion control
Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 2005 Oklahoma Proven! plant selection; 2006 Georgia Gold Medal Winner; UC Davis Arboretum All Star

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Common names
  • Leadwort
  • Hardy Blue Plumbago
  • Plumbago

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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C. 
Date: 2017-10-26
 3:56 pm. A dramatic change: from green leaves to a burnt red.
Location: Kingsport, TN
Date: 2018-09-25
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-29
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2010-07-17

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Date: 2012-09-26

Date: 2018-09-10
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C. 
Date: 2017-09-25
 4:35 pm. Blue blossoms are set off by red stems and buds, and sh
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2005-07-19

Date: 2020-09-26
Location: My garden in northeast Texas
Date: 2010  Summer
Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Date: 2017-08-09
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-07-29
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-07-02
 11:30 AM @101 degrees - 5th day of heat wave
Location: Northern Illinois (Zone 5a)
Date: 2013-07-16
Location: Fairfax, VA | September 2022
Date: 2022-09-10
Location: Fairfax, VA
Fiery red

Date: 2013-07-18
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-10-17

Date: 2000-08-01
Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2010-07-17
Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-05-18
1½" starts with just 1 stem planted March 25, 2021 in my Central
Location: Norfolk, MA
Date: 2018-08-31
Fantastic Blue!
Location: Tennessee
courtesy Sunlight Gardens, www.sunlightgardens.com

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C. 
Date: 2017-09-10
 2:22 pm. A nice hit of blue from summer to fall - Zone 5b.
Location: My 6b garden
Date: 2016-07-13
One of a 72 plug tray purchased from Santa Rosa Gardens. They all
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2014-07-13
along path among rocks
Location: With Rudbeckia
Date: 2013-07-18

Date: 2004-08-10
Location: In backyard garden, Elk Grove, CA
Date: 2014-6-22
What a beautiful pop of blue for the garden

Date: 2014-01-23
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
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Location: Temple, Texas
Date: 2021-11-13
Second season rendering darker blue blooms than 1st year in alkal

Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: Botanical Garden Copenhagen
Date: 2016-12-01
Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2006-07-28
Location: Denver Metro CO
Date: 2014-10-21
Autumn leaves
Location: Fort Boonesborough, Boonesborough, KY
Date: 2017-09-14
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-07-02
11:30 AM @101 degrees - 5th day of heat wave

Date: 2014-10-21
Late fall color
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2011-07-30
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2010-07-17
Location: Barson's Greenhouse, Westland, MI
Date: 2011-07-30
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-06-23
Received in a 4\" pot

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Photo Courtesy of Lazy S'S Farm Nursery.
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Location: Fort Boonesborough, Boonesborough, KY
Date: 2017-09-14

Date: 2013-09-09
Location: In backyard garden, Elk Grove, CA
Date: 2014-6-22
Love this little charmer

Photo Courtesy of Garden Perennials. Used with Permission.
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Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Date: September
credit: Magnus Manske
Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Date: 2017-08-09
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-07-11
Location: Hidden Hills CA zone 10b
Date: 2013-06-23
Location: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Date: September
credit: Magnus Manske
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Comments:
  • Posted by DavidLMO (Zone 5B/6 - NW MO - Zone 5b) on Nov 3, 2015 9:55 PM concerning plant:
    Two big weaknesses. It is late to show up. This leads to the second and bigger weakness. It tends to look pretty bad over winter: a big brown mass of brown stems once the seeds and leaves fall after it dies back for winter.

    Its bloom, though, is worth putting up with these weaknesses. I have about 200 square feet and potted up sixty 3-inch containers this summer. I transplanted them today on a problem bank where I am trying to get it established. It grows by runners and seed, both of which are slow. Some take that to mean invasive, but I conclude far from it. At least under my conditions and in my zone, it is well restrained and is very slow to fill out.

    It blooms here in mid to late summer and continues blooming into fall. I do not water it and it has looked fine for 5 years even in the drought years of '12 and '13. It handles our 100-degree temps without missing a beat.

    If you can live with its weaknesses, I recommend it as a dry area groundcover.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 17, 2012 1:49 PM concerning plant:
    Plumbago makes a good ground cover for sunny to partly sunny places. Electric blue flowers come in late summer and fall, above 1 inch shiny green leaves which turn red and yellow in the fall. Plumbago, which is late to break dormancy in the spring, makes a moderately thick ground cover, but once established, it is very tough and tolerates abuse such as drought and hot weather.
  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 9, 2020 10:08 AM concerning plant:
    Use blue plumbago to edge a sunny flower border, or plant clumps in a lightly shaded shrub border, or grow it as a ground cover where its spreading habit can be used to advantage.
  • Posted by NorfolkLiz (MA - Massachusetts - Zone 5b) on May 4, 2020 6:56 AM concerning plant:
    Very late to emerge in Zone5 Massachusetts, don't cut old stems in Fall or plant with bulbs so don't lose them. My tag says Zone 6-9 but have had success when protected with leaf cover in Zone 5
  • Posted by Avedon (NE Tex - Zone 8a) on Sep 3, 2012 11:43 PM concerning plant:
    Fabulous true blue color of flowers, and does very well in a difficult position---lots of heat caused by concrete walkways and south side of house. We must water regularly to keep plant going, but in cooler weather, does just fine.
  • Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 10:52 AM concerning plant:
    Love the true-blue flowers. Seems to spread slowly, so it's controllable. Doesn't get that tall, but is not what I would classify as xeric. More stunted if not watered regularly. Rather unassuming until fall, when it blooms, and then spectacular.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Sep 2, 2012 11:16 PM concerning plant:
    I planted this one year into the ground and it grew and spread into a big area. The fall color of the leaves was a burgundy color. The color of the flowers is a gorgeous blue!

    I don't have the space for it in the ground, but it's a beautiful plant with the blue flowers and the fall colored leaves! If I planted it again, it would be into a container, where I could control the spreading.
Plant Events from our members
Catmint20906 On September 19, 2015 Bloomed
Blondmyk On October 10, 2014 Miscellaneous Event
Plant seems to be doing well. I've noticed new branching from the base of the plant that wasn't there when I started. The plant must be rooted and is surviving nicely in potting soil.
Blondmyk On September 19, 2014 Potted up
Removed the 7-Up bottle greenhouse from the cutting and am allowing it to take sun and water naturally, without benefit of spraying daily as I do with other cuttings.
annem41849gmailcom On October 12, 2019 Potted up
MrsBinWY On May 15, 2022 Transplanted
On 5-15-2022, planted LCMG/LVWN plant in front of 'Rosella's Dream' and 'Bowl of Beauty.'
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