Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis
Common name: 
Carmel Creeper Ceanothus
Pronunciation: 
see-a-NO-thus GRIS-e-us hor-i-zon-TA-lis
Family: 
Rhamnaceae
Genus: 
Synonyms: 
Ceanothus griseus
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • 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.
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