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Sandscrub Ceanothus
Ceanothus dentatus
  
About Sandscrub Ceanothus (Ceanothus dentatus) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Ceanothus dentatus is a species of shrub in the Buckthorn family (Rhamnaceae) known by the common name Sandscrub Ceanothus. It is endemic to California, where it is known only from the Central Coast and its Coast Ranges, primarily in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. It grows in coastal hills, bluffs, and canyons. This shrub produces a highly branched, spreading stem up to about 1.5 meters tall. The evergreen leaves are alternately arranged and often borne in clusters. Each is under 2 centimeters long, toothed along the edges, wavy and turned under along the margins to appear somewhat ruffled. They are hairy and covered in tiny hairy bumps, the upper surfaces dark shiny green and the undersides paler. The flower cluster is a small cluster of many bright blue flowers. The fruit is a lobed, crested capsule about 4 millimeters wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
1.6 - 5 ft tall
5 ft wide

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Blue

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

Wildlife Supported
 
Plants in the Ceanothus genus are host plants to the Spring Azure, Echo Blue, Pacuvius Duskywing, California Tortoiseshell, Pale Swallowtail, and Hedgerow Hairstreak butterflies.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers well drained soil

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: Hot water and 3 mos. stratification. Hot water only may give satisfactory germination.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7, 14, 15*, 16*, 17*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy hills, slopes, coastal bluffs, flats below 5,000 ft.

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 14.4" - 60.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 0.71", Coldest Month: 42.2" - 52.2", Hottest Month: 58.6" - 75.8", Humidity: 0.42" - 23.64", Elevation: 17" - 5039"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Dwarf Ceanothus


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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