Ceanothus gloriosus var. gloriosus

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Species Name: Ceanothus gloriosus var. gloriosus
Common Name: Point Reyes Ceanothus

Low, spreading. Wonderful flower fragrance. Broad dark green leaves. Native to coastal habitats.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Groundcover
Height by Width: 1' H x 12' W
Growth Habit: Low, creeping
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Deep blue to purple
Endangered?: List 4/Red 1-1-3
Distribution: North Coast (Marin, Sonoma Counties), north Central Coast
Natural Habitat: Coastal Bluff scub, closed cone conifer forest, coastal dunes, coastal scrub below 1700'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Prostrate or decumbent shrub a few inches to one foot high, soon forming a dense mat and covering a large space. Leaves thick and leathery, shiny green. Flowers bright blue, appearing profusely in March and April. A splendid ground cover presenting a pleasing appearance the year round and especially when covered with the fragrant blossoms. Gallon cans, 75c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.