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

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

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<ul><li><b>Position:</b> full sun<li><b>Soil:</b> fertile, light, moist but well-drained soil<li><b>Rate of growth:</b> fast-growing<li><b> Flowering period:</b> August to October<li><b>Hardiness:</b> fully hardy<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR><LI><b>Garden care:</b> 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.</li></ul>

  • 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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Eventual height & spread

"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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5.0

Lusty grower

By Kirstie

from Midlothian

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  • Attractive
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    Comments about Crocus Ceratostigma willmottianum Forest Blue ('Lice') (PBR):

    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.

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    from Exeter

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      Comments about Ceratostigma willmottianum Forest Blue ('Lice') (PBR):

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

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      4.0

      Ceratostigma are one of my favourite and useful plants

      By David (Call me David 1, 2 or higher)

      from Outer North London

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        Comments about Ceratostigma willmottianum Forest Blue ('Lice') (PBR):

        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.

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