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CEANOTHUS griseus var. horizontalis

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Family

Rhamnaceae

Botanical Name

CEANOTHUS griseus var. horizontalis

Plant Common Name

Carmel Ceanothus, Carmel Creeper

General Description

Carmel creeper is a fantastic low-growing evergreen shrub with glossy green elaves and light blue flowers. It is a vigorous grower native to California. Likes sheltered areas in full sun with fertile, well drained soil. In the colder parts of its range it can sustain winter damage. Use as a broad and large groundcover or slope stabilizer. 'Hurricane Point' spreads rapidly to 35 ft/10m in width. 'Yankee Point' spreads only one third that distance.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    5'-15' / 1.5m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Light Blue, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Groundcover, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No