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Plumbago (also commonly called leadwort) is a wiry, mat-forming perennial which spreads by rhizomes to form an attractive ground cover. Typically grows 6-10″ tall on generally erect stems rising from the rhizomes. Oval, shiny, medium green leaves (to 2″ long) turn bronze-red in autumn. Clusters of 5-petaled, gentian blue flowers (1/2 to 3/4″ diameter) appear above the foliage over a long summer to frost bloom period. Flowers resemble those of woodland phlox. Can be somewhat aggressive in optimum growing conditions.
Somewhat wide range of soil tolerance except for wet, poorly-drained ones.
Spreading, mounded habit.
Dark green leaves turn reddish in fall.
Rich blue flowers bloom continuously from summer through frost.