February Plant Pick: Ceanothus

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One quintessential native plant is our beloved Ceanothus or California lilac. It is one of the earliest spring shrubs to bloom, along with manzanita, and provides much needed pollen and nectar to native pollinators and honeybees. Many varieties have a sweet fragrance, hence their common name. These plants are ideally adapted to our short winter rain season and dry summers. They will get by with little or no irrigation after the first season. Birds enjoy the twiggy growth of Ceanothus to find refuge and for nest building. They also relish the small seeds that ripen in the fall.

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2 comments on "February Plant Pick: Ceanothus"

  • Kathleen Cortlund

    IS THERE A CEANOTHUS THAT GROWS WELL IN PART SHADE? I HAVE LOTS THAT LOVE THE SUN.
    THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION.

  • Sloat Garden Center

    Hi Kathleen,

    Thanks for your question. Most love sun but the ground cover types such as Ceanothus griseus Horizontalis, Yankee Point and hearstiorum, as well as some of the bushier types, such as Joyce Coulter, Owlswood Blue, Concha, Dark Star and Ray Hartman will tolerate part shade, assuming you give them at least 4 to 6 hours of sun a day.

    All our stores have good selections in stock right now, if you need help locating any of them please let us know. Hope this helps.

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