Leadwort… we can’t think of another plant whose names fit it less! In fact, Ceratostigma plumbaginoides actually gets the lead out – spreading by rhizomes vigorously through the garden to form the loveliest groundcover.
Accented by delicate five-petaled cornflower-blue phlox-like flowers, it turns a stunning red bronze with the cool of fall. flowers bloom continually from late summer until frost. Just 8 inches at maturity, Ceratostigma spreads from 1 to 1.5 feet.
With myriad uses, Ceratostigma shines in spots from sun to part shade and in all soils, with the exception of wet, poorly drained locations. Interplanted with spring bulbs, its foliage comes out just as bulbs die back. Under shrubs and as an edger, it provides the perfect filler. In rock gardens and borders, Ceratostigma offers an ideal accent of foliage and flower. An added bonus: As much as we like it, deer don’t. Hardy in Zones 5 to 9.