Ceanothus purpureus

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Species Name: Ceanothus purpureus
Common Name: Hollyleaf Ceanothus

An uncommon Ceanothus. Small-scale slope plant. Needs good drainage. Use in a rock garden.

Plant Family: Rhamnaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 3' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Low shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements:
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Winter/Spring
Flower Color: Deep blue
Distribution: Inner North Coast Range
Natural Habitat: Dry, shrub-covered, rocky, volcanic slopes below 1500'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Of low spreading habit, usually 2 to 3 feet high, and 5 or 6 feet across, with rigid, reddish brown branches. Leaves thick, rich dark glossy green, spiny toothed on the edge like miniature holly. Flowers blue or lavender. Flowering period February to April. Very valuable as a ground cover shrub on account of its attractive foliage as well as for wealth of blossoms. with a little pruning when young can be trained to form a dense cover not more than 1 1/2 or 2 feet high. Requires good drainage. Gallon cans, 85c.
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