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

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
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".  The information provided on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our nursery's library, from what we have found about it on reliable online sources, as well as from observations in our nursery of crops of this plant as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Ceanothus gloriosus 'Heart's Desire'.
 
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