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

2 litre pot £16.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Ceratostigma willmottianum Forest Blue ('Lice') (PBR) Chinese plumbago: Foliage turns wonderful autumnal colours

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • 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 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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Notes on Ceratostigma willmottianum Forest Blue ('Lice') (PBR)

"Wiry stems are topped with three of four potent-blue flowers from June onwards and these persist into early winter framed by small flaming orange-red pointed leaves"

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Beautiful small shrub


This has done well right from the start, a summer long abundance of lovely flowers though not so many autumnal shades in the foliage as I have seen in previous (and gardens) I have had - 2018 was a difficult year for many plants.




Gorgeous hardy plumbago


I have used this plant several times before and love it. It's completely hardy, has gorgeous luminous blue flowers throughout the late summer into autumn, and the leaves turn a lovely russet colour before falling. It prefers a sunny spot and will grow to about a metre all round. Added to that, the bees love it......what's not to like!

Vile Carol



I will buy from Crocus again - the plumbago is thriving


The lumbago was planted into a mixed bed and is doing ell.




Excellent - established quickly despite drought and flowered


As expected from experience of this plant elsewhere. Easy to establish, not demanding, atractive as ground cover


Amesbury Wilts


lovely, very pleased


always packed perfectly. has grown very well in a raised bed in a sunny place




Brilliantly beautiful blue flowers!


A very hardy little shrub which I would call a "plumbago" because my parents had one years ago! Flowers are a briliant blue and are very sriking. It is coping with the heat and lack of rain but I water it most nights.

Cat Lady!!

Near St. Albans


I would buy from here again


I am pleased with these plants and look forward to seeing the lovely blue flowers


East Midlands


Lusty grower


I'm trying out a couple of these plants as companions to Hydrangea Bluebird shrubs on a steep bank. The hydrangeas are more pinky blue so I hope the sharp blue of the ceratostigmas with be a nice contrast and the relative sizes will work. The ceratorstigmas appear to be vigorous growers. I've planted them higher up the bank to get more sun. The latter don't have the colourful foliage of their smaller cousins, instead it's a fresh green for most of the time.






I was plesently surprised how well established the plant was when I received it. Will not buy from anywhere else




Ceratostigma are one of my favourite and useful plants


I first 'met' this plant somewhere on the edge of open woodland in Western Europe (I forget which country). And I guess this experience has conditioned the way I use it - in informal places often backed by shrubs so that it grows away from them. I therefore don't fully agree with Crocus's advice of full sun; the plant is more versatile than that.


Outer North London



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