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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Ceanothus impressus Trel.
Santa Barbara ceanothus, Santa Barbara buckbrush
USDA Symbol: ceim
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
An aromatic, densely branched, 6-8 ft. shrub. The evergreen leaves very small and dark-green, with curled margins. Tiny, deep-blue flowers occur in small, showy clusters.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
CA Native Distribution:
Santa Barbara Co. to San Luis Obispo Co., CA Native Habitat:
Dry slopes; chaparral USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Prune flexible growth to control size; avoid cutting older, woody growth. Extremely drought-tolerant.
PropagationDescription: Most Ceanothus spp. come well from seed. Cuttings of this species may also be successful.
Seed Collection: Because dry capsules disperse their seed abruptly with a sudden ejection, it may be necessary to tie cloth bags around the clusters of capsules to catch the seeds.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff