Point Reyes Ceanothus
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen ground cover, 2-3 x 6 ft (0.6-0.9 x 1.8 m), low spreading or mounding, with arching branches, which may root. Leaves opposite, simple, thick, elliptical to nearly round, 2-5 cm long, margin heavily toothed, dark green, pale, hairy beneath. Flowers small, deep blue to purple, in large clusters along the branches on short, thick stalks. Fruit about 4 mm across, globose, sticky, three horns at apex.
- Sun, short lived as are most Ceanothus (5-10 years), susceptible to diseases. Most appropriate for steep coastal banks or sand dunes.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Coastal bluffs and adjacent flats from Point Reyes, California to 80 miles north.