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Products > Ceanothus gloriosus 'Heart's Desire'
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Heart's Desire' - Pt. Reyes Ceanothus

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorns)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: <1 foot
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Ceanothus gloriosus 'Heart's Desire' (Heart’s Desire Ceanothus) - A prostrate groundcover of modest proportions that stays under 1 foot tall and spreads up to 5 feet wide. This somewhat shy bloomer has lavender blue flowers and small, toothed leaves that are tinged with bronze. A good choice where a fine-textured groundcover is needed for small spaces, particularly in coastal gardens. Plant in full sun to light shade along the coast and part shade inland. Drought and salt-spray tolerant and less susceptible to deer browse due to the spiny leaves. Hardy to 15 degrees F. This plant is a selection of Ceanothus gloriosus var. gloriosus, the Point Reyes Ceanothus or Glory Mat, which is endemic to coastal bluffs and dunes along the northern California coastline from Marin County north to Mendocino County. It was selected by Phil van Soelen of California Flora Nursery in Fulton California, who found it growing above Heart's Desire Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. The genus name comes from the Greek word keanthos which was used to describe a type of thistle and meaning a "thorny plant" or "spiny plant" and first used by Linnaeus in 1753 to describe New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus. The specific epithet means "glorious" or "superb".  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Ceanothus gloriosus 'Heart's Desire'.