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Ceanothus parvifolius (Littleleaf ceanothus)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Ceanothus parvifolius

Ceanothus parvifolius (S. Watson) Trel.

Littleleaf Ceanothus

Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn Family)


USDA Symbol: CEPA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Raceme
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Pale to deep blue.



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Ceanothus parvifolius in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Ceanothus parvifolius in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Ceanothus parvifolius


Record Modified: 2023-05-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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