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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus - 'Repens' (Californian Lilac)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Evergreen, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Description

This spreading low growing evergreen shrub makes great ground cover for a south facing dry location. Blue flowers are borne in profusion throughout late spring / early summer on an attractive carpet of waxy dark green foliage. 1m tall with a spread 2m - 3m.


Ceanothus thyrsiflorus - Cultivation Notes

Ceanothus will tolerate a wide range of soil types as long as they are well drained. For best results plant in a warm sheltered spot full sun and make best use of this tough plant by using it in hot dry problem spots where it will flourish in the poorest of soils. Ceanothus do not appreciate the cold or shade. Prune lightly to shape in early Spring.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Ceanothus thyrsiflorus:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Ceanothus thyrsiflorus

  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Ceanothus thyrsiflorus:

  • Evergreen ground cover suitable for problematic dry soils in full sun
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Common Missspellings: Seanothus, Canothus, Seeanofus, Ceanofus, Ceanophus