Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis
Carmel Creeper Ceanothus
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Broadleaf evergreen ground cover, prostrate to low spreading, about 2 ft (0.6 m) tall and 5-15 ft (1.5-4.5 m) wide, may grow taller. Leaves alternate, simple, ovate to round ovate, 1-5 cm, blunt apex, margin turned under and serrate, dark green and glabrous above, densely gray-hairy below. Flower clusters light blue, 2.5 cm long. Fruit subglobose, about 4 mm across, granular-sticky when young, glossy black when ripe.
- Sun. Good low-growing, low-maintenance woody ground cover.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native to coastal central California, well adapted to ocean bluffs.
- Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis is no longer an accepted name according to the International Taxonmic Information System (ITIS), the accepted name is now just Ceanothus griseus.
- griseus: meaning gray, possibly referring to the undersides of the leaves.
- Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden.