Leadwort Plant Care Guide (all kinds)
This plant is most often grown as a groundcover or edging plant along the front of a border. Foliage makes a low green mound through the summer, bursting into colour in August, when the brilliant blue starry flowers appear. As summer turns to fall, the whole plant begins to turn shades of bright scarlet and finally maroon red. Allow it room to spread, as plants want to form a patch by making underground stolons. In Zones 5 to 6 plants should be mulched in late fall for winter protection. Very late to come up in the spring, so be patient. Attractive to butterflies. Tolerates heat and humidity.
Blue plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) is an evergreen shrub that is native to South Africa, but grows in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. With long, thin stems and pale blue flowers, it’s prized as a shrub, climber, potted plant and groundcover. Blue plumbago is relatively easy to grow, and blooms all year in climates with mild winters. Although this shrub has few special needs, it does have specific requirements for ideal growth.