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A North American shrub which is cultivated for its dense clusters of small, typically blue, flowers.
- ‘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.’
- ‘To distinguish a blue blossom ceanothus from a musk bush, for example, look for ridges on the plants' stems.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's a good time to thin out weak branches of ceanothus and to shorten remaining growths (not into old wood).’
- ‘Take heel cuttings from ceanothus, penstemons, lavenders, santolinas and philadelphus.’
Modern Latin, from Greek keanōthos, denoting a kind of thistle.
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