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Little Leaf Ceanothus
Ceanothus parvifolius
About Little Leaf Ceanothus (Ceanothus parvifolius) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Ceanothus parvifolius is a species of shrub in the buckthorn family Rhamnaceae known by the common name littleleaf ceanothus. It is endemic to the High Sierra Nevada of California, where it grows in moist areas in the forest. This is a spreading shrub, growing to a maximum height of just over a meter, forming a wide bush. The woody parts are reddish in color and hairless. The leaves are alternately arranged and deciduous. They are less than 2 centimeters long, mainly oval in shape and smooth-edged, sometimes with a few tiny teeth near the tip. The plentiful flower clusters are clusters several centimeters long of flowers in shades of very pale to deep blue. The fruit is a 3-lobed smooth capsule a few millimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

2 - 4 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Part Shade


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

For propagating by seed: Hot water and 3 mos. stratification.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist places

Annual Precipitation: 13.1" - 72.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.26" - 2.18", Coldest Month: 24.2" - 52.0", Hottest Month: 46.7" - 79.3", Humidity: 1.03" - 23.04", Elevation: 51" - 10093"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Little-leaf Ceanothus, Littleleaf 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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