Ceratostigma plumbaginoides - Bunge.
Common Name Blue leadwood, Blue Plumbago, Perennial Plumbago, Leadwort
Family Plumbaginaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky places, often in foot-hills. Beijing Shi, Henan, Jiangsu, Shanxi, Zhejiang[266].
Range E. Asia - W. China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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Bloom Color: Blue. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer, Mid fall. Form: Spreading or horizontal.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Blue leadwood, Blue Plumbago, Perennial Plumbago, Leadwort

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Blue leadwood, Blue Plumbago, Perennial Plumbago, Leadwort
Physical Characteristics
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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.4 m (1ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


 Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses
Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

None known


Other Uses
Soil stabilization.

An excellent ground cover between shrubs, at the front of the border and in a sunny rock garden[200]. Plants are used to stabilize steep banks in warm climates[200].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Erosion control, Foundation, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Specimen. Prefers a light moderately fertile and retentive soil with good drainage, though it tolerates poor dry soils[200]. Requires a sunny position[200]. The plant has an invasive root system and can spread freely when well suited[233]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Extended bloom season in Zones 9A and above.
Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in the spring[200].
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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Ceratostigma willmottianumChinese Plumbago, Chinese Leadwort01


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   Thu Aug 7 10:00:12 2003
A person who had been growing C. plumbaginoides for several years said the plant is extremely disease-resistant. This motivated me to get one because I'm rather tired of slugs and insects eating my plants. My plant looks quite healthy and its tiny blue flowers are beginning to bloom. I tasted a leaf, which wasn't bad, but wasn't tasty either.

I would rate this plant a 5, not a 1, because websites report it to be culinary and medicinal. Another common name for the plant is "Lead Plant" because of its ability to detoxify the body of lead. This alone would give the plant a rating of 5.

COMMENTS--USING PLANTS TO DETOX HEAVY METALS, & LEAD SCARE: Plants such as C. plumbaginoides, cilantro, chlorella, etc. can detox/cleanse people of mercury, lead, and other heavy metals. So why the lead scare, and not mercury scare? (Dental fillings can be 50% mercury). Lead is the only metal that will block the information from a biochip (computer chip). This biochip is planned to be implanted the back of one's hand or into the forehead. It will have the 666 coding--the same coding that merchandise carries. The 1st, middle, and last double lines on the bar code on most items you buy, for example, is 666. The social security number will be part of this human ID code.

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