Ceratostigma minus; a slow growing compact deciduous sub shrub from Western China. A compact package, it reaches 1.7 metres in height and slightly more in breadth. It is ideally grown in a well drained soil where the sun ripens the wood.

Fresh blue flowers with pink blush markings on the petals. These terminate the season’s growth, those of a reduced size appearing from auxiliary buds on the stem. Held tight in a bundle with red bracts they open sporadically over days.

Both upper and lower leaf surface is covered by minute hairs these give a crisp feel and a noisy rasping sound when rubbed between finger and thumb.

Ceratostigma minus. Photo by Tony Garn

Ceratostigma minus

Ceratostigma minus. photo by Tony Garn

Ceratostigma minus