Great Design Plant: Ceanothus Pleases With Nectar and Fragrant Blooms

The evergreen wild lilac (Ceanothus sp) is one of a handful of distinctive and iconic plants native to the U.S. West Coast. Nearly impossible to grow outside of California, Oregon and Washington, it thrives where summers are hot and dry and winters are cool and wet. Ceanothus thyrsiflorus, native to southern Oregon and Northern California, is perhaps the cold hardiest and most adaptable of the evergreen wild lilac species, and there are many named varieties growing up and down the West Coast and in southwest Canada to prove it.

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