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Ceanothus hearstiorum

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Ceanothus hearstiorum
Ceanothus hearstiorum

Species Name: Ceanothus hearstiorum
Common Name: Hearst's ceanothus

A rare ceanothus from near Hearst's Castle. Threatened by grazing. Unusual foliage and beautiful blue flowers in spring. Does best near coast.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 6-12in H x 6' W
Growth Habit: Low, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Coast: sun; Inland: part shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Powder blue
Endangered?: List 1B/RED 3-2-3
Distribution: Central Coast (near Arroyo de la Cruz, San Luis Obispo)
Natural Habitat: Coastal low grassy hills below 700'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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