Definition of ceanothus in English:

ceanothus

noun

  • A North American shrub which is cultivated for its dense clusters of small, typically blue, flowers.

    • ‘You will soon have a thick, impenetrable hedge to enclose the fast-growing butterfly bush, Buddleia davidii (coppice it annually to promote flowers), or the heavenly blue blooms of enthusiastic ceanothus thrysiflorus.’
    • ‘To distinguish a blue blossom ceanothus from a musk bush, for example, look for ridges on the plants' stems.’
    • ‘Take heel cuttings from ceanothus, penstemons, lavenders, santolinas and philadelphus.’
    • ‘It's a good time to thin out weak branches of ceanothus and to shorten remaining growths (not into old wood).’
    • ‘Plants chosen for drought tolerance as well as color thrive here, including catmint (Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’), ceanothus, lychnis, penstemon, purple coneflower, rockrose, rosemary, and star jasmine.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek keanōthos, denoting a kind of thistle.

Pronunciation

ceanothus

/ˌsiːəˈnəʊθəs/