Ceratostigma plant named ‘My Love’

A new cultivar of Ceratostigma named ‘My Love’ that is characterized by compact habit, intense golden-yellow foliage, and clear-blue flowers in summer. In combination these traits set ‘My Love’ apart from all other existing varieties of Ceratostigma known to the inventor.

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Genus: Ceratostigma.

Species: willmottianum.

Denomination: ‘My Love’.


The present invention relates to a new and distinct cultivar of plumbago, an ornamental plant suitable for use as a single species container plant or as a shrub for small gardens. The new cultivar is known botanically as Ceratostigma willmottianum and will be referred to hereinafter by the cultivar name ‘My Love’.

The new Ceratostigma cultivar named ‘My Love’ is a seedling selection that resulted from a controlled breeding program initiated in 1989. Cross-pollination was conducted by the inventor using an individual Ceratostigma willmottianum ‘Forest Blue’ (unpatented) as the female parent, and an individual Ceratostigma willmottianum ‘Desert Skies’ (unpatented) as the male parent. The cross-pollination was accomplished at the inventor's nursery in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Both parents had been previously raised and introduced by the inventor.

Seed husks were collected in November 1999 from a plant of Ceratostigma ‘Forest Blue’. Seed from the husks was sown the following February 2000 and the resulting seedlings were grown out. Three seedlings showing yellow leaves were isolated from the batch and grown on and the most compact form was selected and given the name of Ceratostigma ‘My Love’ based on the criteria of compact habit and intense golden-yellow foliage.

The female parent ‘Forest Blue’ exhibits compact habit, and the male parent ‘Desert Skies’ exhibits yellow foliage. In addition to being distinguishable from the female parent by foliage color ‘My Love’ is robust and more compact than the female parent. ‘My Love’ is distinguishable from the male parent by compact habit. The new Ceratostigma variety named ‘My Love’ exhibits compact habit, intense golden-yellow foliage, and clear blue flowers. Blooming is prolific and occurs in summer. Plant dimensions at maturity are 30 cm in height and 60 cm in width. ‘My Love’ is hardy to USDA Zone 7 and is deciduous. Cultural recommendations include full sun or part shade, moderate to regular water, and moderately fertile well-draining soil.

The new Ceratostigma cultivar ‘My Love’ was first asexually propagated by the inventor in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Asexual propagation was conducted in 2001 and the method used was semi-ripe stem cuttings. Since that time, under careful observation, the distinguishing characteristics have been determined stable, uniform, and reproduce true to type in successive generations of asexual propagation.


The following represent the distinguishing characteristics of the new Ceratostigma cultivar named ‘My Love’. In combination these traits set ‘My Love’ apart from all other existing varieties of Ceratostigma known to the inventor. ‘My Love’ has not been tested under all possible conditions and phenotypic differences may be observed with variations in environmental, climatic, and cultural conditions, however, without any variance in genotype.

    • 1. ‘My Love’ exhibits compact habit.
    • 2. ‘My Love’ exhibits clear-blue flowers in summer.
    • 3. ‘My Love’ exhibits intense golden-yellow foliage.
    • 4. ‘My Love’ is winter deciduous.
    • 5. ‘My Love’ is drought tolerant.
    • 6. ‘My Love’ reaches 30 cm. in height and 60 cm. in width at maturity.
    • 7. ‘My Love’ is hardy to USDA Zone 7.
    • 8. ‘My Love’ is asexually propagated using the method of semi-ripe cuttings.


The accompanying color drawings illustrate the overall appearance of the new Ceratostigma cultivar named ‘My Love’ showing the color as true as it is reasonably possible to obtain in color reproductions of this type. Color in the drawings may differ from the color values cited in the detailed botanical description, which accurately describe the actual color of the new variety ‘My Love’.

The drawing labeled FIG. 1 depicts a side view of the plant illustrating habit.

The drawing labeled FIG. 2 depicts a close-up view of the flower.

All drawings were made using conventional techniques and although colors may appear different from actual colors due to light reflectance, they are as accurate as possible by conventional photography.


The following is a detailed botanical description of the new Ceratostigma cultivar named ‘My Love’. Data was collected in Arroyo Grande, Calif. from plants grown out-of-doors in 1-liter containers. Color determinations are in accordance with The 2001 Royal Horticultural Society Colour Chart of London, England except where general color terms of ordinary dictionary significance are used. The growing requirements are similar to the species.

  • Botanical classification: Ceratostigma willmottianum ‘My Love’.
  • Family: Plumbaginaceae.
  • Genus: Ceratostigma.
  • Species: willmottianum.
  • Denomination: ‘My Love’.
  • Common name: Plumbago.
  • Plant use: Ornamental for use in container or small garden.
  • Parentage: Ceratostigma willmottianum ‘My Love’ is a seedling selection that resulted from the deliberate open cross-pollination of the following parents:
      • Female parent.—An individual Ceratostigma willmottianum ‘Forest Blue’.
      • Male parent.—An individual Ceratostigma willmottianum ‘Desert Skies’.
  • Type: Shrub.
  • Vigor: Vigorous.
  • Habit: Compact.
  • Dimensions (at one year): 23 cm in height and 30 cm in width.
  • Dimensions (at maturity): 30 cm. in height and 60 cm in width.
  • Hardiness: USDA Zone 7.
  • Asexual propagation: Semi-ripe cuttings.
  • Root system: Fine.
  • Cultural conditions: Full sun or partial shade, moderate to regular water, and fertile well-draining soil.
  • Time to initiate roots: 4-6 weeks.
  • Crop time: 4-8 months to produce a finished 1-liter container.
  • Disease or pest susceptibility: Susceptible to two spotted red spider mite.
  • Seasonal interest: Clear-blue flowers in summer, and intense golden-yellow foliage color spring, summer, and fall.
  • Stem:
      • Stem shape.—Angular.
      • Internode length (average).—1 cm.
      • Stem width.—2 mm.
      • Stem length (average).—12 cm.
      • Stem surface.—Bristled.
      • Stem color.—144A.
  • Foliage:
      • Foliage type.—Winter deciduous.
      • Arrangement.—Whorled.
      • Division.—Simple.
      • Shape.—Broadly oblanceolate.
      • Base.—Attenuate.
      • Apex.—Acute.
      • Venation.—Pinnate.
      • Vein color (adaxial and abaxial surfaces).—N144A.
      • Attachment.—Sessile.
      • Stipules.—Absent.
      • Margin.—Entire and ciliate.
      • Length (range).—2 cm to 2.75 cm.
      • Width (range).—1 cm to 1.50 cm.
      • Leaf color (adaxial surface).—153D.
      • Leaf color (abaxial surface).—151D.
      • Leaf surfaces (adaxial and abaxial).—Pubescent.
      • Foliar fragrance.—None observed.
  • Flower:
      • Inflorescence form.—Terminal spikelet.
      • Inflorescence width.—6 cm.
      • Peduncle dimensions.—0.40 cm in length and 2 mm in width.
      • Peduncle shape.—Terete.
      • Flower shape.—Rotate.
      • Flower quantity.—9-12 flowers per inflorescence.
      • Lastingness of flower (on plant).—Average of 2 days per flower.
      • Flower diameter.—1.50 cm.
      • Flower depth.—1.50 cm.
      • Flower aspect.—Outward to upward.
      • Corolla tube diameter.—2 mm.
      • Corolla tube length.—0.75 cm.
      • Corolla tube shape.—Terete.
      • Corolla tube surfaces (ventral and dorsal).—Glabrous.
      • Corolla tube color.—100D.
      • Petals.—5 in number.
      • Petal shape.—Obdeltoid.
      • Petal apex.—Emarginate.
      • Petal base.—Attenuate.
      • Petals fused or unfused.—Fused.
      • Petal color (adaxial and abaxial surfaces).—Ranges between N109B, N109C and 105D.
      • Petal surface (abaxial and abaxial).—Glabrous.
      • Petal surface (adaxial).—Glabrous.
      • Petal width.—6 mm.
      • Petal margin.—Entire.
      • Sepals.—Five in number.
      • Sepal margin.—Entire.
      • Sepal shape.—Lanceolate.
      • Sepal surfaces (adaxial and abaxial).—Pubescent.
      • Sepal dimensions.—9 mm. in length and 3 mm. in width.
      • Fused or unfused.—Sepals are overlapping.
      • Sepal apex.—Aristate.
      • Blooming period.—Summer.
      • Fragrance.—None observed.
  • Reproductive organs:
      • Stamens.—5 in number.
      • Stamen attachment.—Basally fused.
      • Stamen color.—155B.
      • Stamen dimensions.—1 cm in length and <1 mm in width.
      • Anther attachment.—Dorsifixed.
      • Anther dimensions.—2 mm in length and <1 mm in width.
      • Anther color.—102A.
      • Pollen color.—104D.
      • Pollen quantity.—Moderate.
      • Pistil.—One.
      • Pistil color.—155B.
      • Pistil dimensions.—1.50 cm in length and <1 mm in width.
      • Stigma.—Forked filaments.
      • Stigma color.—155B.
      • Stigma dimensions.—1 mm in length and <1 mm in width.
      • Style shape.—Filament.
      • Style color.—155B.
      • Style dimensions.—1 cm in length and <1 mm in width.
      • Seed.—None observed to date.


1. A new and distinct variety of Ceratostigma plant named ‘My Love’ as described and illustrated herein.

Referenced Cited
U.S. Patent Documents
PP7822 March 10, 1992 Scott
PP12822 August 6, 2002 Moolenaar
PP13953 July 8, 2003 Crocker
Patent History
Patent number: PP19269
Type: Grant
Filed: Jan 5, 2007
Date of Patent: Sep 23, 2008
Inventor: Peter Catt (Liss, Hants GU33 6HA)
Primary Examiner: Wendy C. Haas
Application Number: 11/650,785
Current U.S. Class: Shrub Or Vine (PLT/226)
International Classification: A01H 5/00 (20060101);