Prostrate Ceanothus

3 Mar

Prostrate Ceanothus (Ceanothus hearstiorum) evergreen, to 6 in., medium blue flowers in spring, dark green foliage, deer resistant, drought tolerant, native.

Ceanothus hearstiorum has small, soft, dark-green leaves. The flowers are blue and show up in late spring. A flat Ceanothus, no higher than 2-3 inches. It needs part shade in the interior and some summer water. When this plant is happy it is one of the best looking groundcovers I have ever seen. It loves alkaline adobe soil. It is not good in beach sand. No frost damage at 17 degrees F. The best looking plant of this was planted in adobe soil in USDA zone 7a, under an oak in light shade with once per week water. The worst one of these (that was still alive) was in beach sand in USDA zone 10, twenty miles from where the plant is native. It grows on the central coast of California. The foliage is scented and can fill a small court yard with a delicate scent after a rain. Ceanothus hearstiorum smells really good.

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