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Ceanothus ramulosus

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Species Name: Ceanothus ramulosus
Common Name: Coast Ceanothus

Excellent groundcover for coastal gardens. Tough and low. Beautiful blooms in spring. Recommended for erosion control.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 1-3' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Low, dense
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full sun; Inland-Part Sun"
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White/blue-lavender
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Central Coast
Natural Habitat: Bluffs, hills, coastal terraces

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: " Of spreading habit usually 3 to 4 feet high with arching branches and deep green leathery leaves. Flowers lavender, produced in great profusion from February to April. One of the best of the low growing species. Gallon cans, 75c."
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