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  • Chinese plumbago
  • Eventual height: 1m
  • Eventual spread: 1.5m

Ceratostigma willmottianum Forest Blue ('Lice') (PBR)

Chinese plumbago

RHS award of garden merit £11.99
Pot size 2 litre pot
2 litre pot
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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, light, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: August to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This spreading, deciduous shrub brings welcome colour to the garden in late summer and early autumn when many other flowers have gone over. Masses of disc-shaped, vivid cobalt-blue flowers appear from August to October, and in autumn, the leaves turn a rich russet-red. It's best in towards the front of a sheltered, sunny border in soil that does not get too dry.

  • Garden care: In early or mid-spring cut back the flowered shoots to within 2.5cm (1in) of the old growth. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant.
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