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ce·a·no·thus

 (sē′ə-nô′thəs)
n.
Any of various shrubs or small trees of the genus Ceanothus, chiefly of western North America, having showy clusters of usually blue or whitish flowers.

[New Latin, genus name, from Greek keanōthos, a kind of spiny plant, perhaps the thistle Cirsium arvense (used by Carl Linnaeus as the name for the genus of North American shrubs probably in reference to the spines borne by many species).]

ceanothus

(ˌsiːəˈnəʊθəs)
n
(Plants) any shrub of the North American rhamnaceous genus Ceanothus: grown for their ornamental, often blue, flower clusters
[C19: New Latin, from Greek keanōthos a kind of thistle]
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Its common name is Californian lilac and it likes to be planted in the sun, away from exposed winds.
Californian lilac (ceanothus): Flower colour: blue, pink and white; free-draining soil (not suitable for chalky soil); likes full sun, grows up to 3m.
N Californian lilac (ceanothus): Flower colour: blue, pink and white; free draining soil (not chalky soil); likes full sun, grows up to 3m.
Californian lilac (ceanothus): Flower colour: blue, pink and white; free draining soil (not suitable for chalky soil); likes full sun, grows up to 3m.
oThere was just one shrub u a Californian lilac u in the corner.
The Himalayan poppies, Californian lilac, rhododendrons and azaleas also do really well.
This growth should offer a bit of resistance when bent and in the case of the Californian Lilac (Ceanothus) results in a cutting up to 6in long.
They are wonderful evergreen shrubs and have masses of blue cascading blooms and are commonly known as The Californian Lilac, so you can guess the sort of climate they are used to.
We also have a Californian lilac, which is a miniature version of the traditional one.
Bearing these advantages in mind, we took the (hopefully) slight risk of choosing some plants that might not have been happy inland or at higher altitude, such as evergreen Ceanothus Concha, a free-flowering variety of Californian lilac with dark blue flowers, and the blue passion flower, Passiflora caerulea.

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