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Ceanothus crassifolius ~ Hoary California Lilac

Ceanothus crassifolius is a medium sized shrub, growing 4-5 feet tall and wide. The Hoary California Lilac takes its name from the dense coat of hairs on the undersides of the leaves. The hairs vary from white to rust. Ceanothus crassifolius will have a cloud of white flowers from Winter into Spring. If you are gardening in a dry climate Ceanothus crassifolius is a particularly good choice as it is native to the mountains of Southern California. So many of our Ceanothus choices come from species that grow along the coast or in more northerly areas that recieve significantly more rain. These ceanothus can be stressed by heat and often need more irrigation to help them through the warmer months. Ceanothus crassifolius is a part of the chapparal community from Point Conception to San Diego. Ceanothus crassifolius is a host plant for the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar and the Pale Tiger Swallowtail and an early season nectar source for the Monarch Butterfly.

Ceanothus crassifolius, Hoary California Lilac

Flowers and foliage of Ceanothus crassifolius. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Non-hybrid Ceanothus species featured on this site:
Ceanothus crassifolius
Ceanothus greggii
Ceanothus hearstiorum
Ceanothus megacarpus
Ceanothus oliganthus sorediatus

Other plants from the Ceanothus Genus featured on this site:
Ceanothus Anchor Bay * Point Reyes California Lilac
Ceanothus Centennial * Centennial California Lilac
Ceanothus Concha * Concha California Lilac
Ceanothus Dark Star * Dark Star California Lilac
Ceanothus Frosty Dawn * Frosty Dawn California Lilac
Ceanothus Gentian Plume * Gentian Plume California Lilac
Ceanothus greggii * Desert Ceanothus
Ceanothus hearstiorum * Hearst's California Lilac
Ceanothus Joan Mirov * Joan Mirov California Lilac
Ceanothus Joyce Coulter * Joyce Coulter California Lilac
Ceanothus megacarpus * Big Pod California Lilac
Ceanothus oliganthus sorediatus * Jim Brush, Hairy Ceanothus
Ceanothus Point Sierra * Point Sierra California Lilac
Ceanothus Ray Hartman * Ray Hartman California Lilac
Ceanothus rigidus Sierra Snow * Monterey Ceanothus
Ceanothus rigidus Snowball * Snowball Monterey Lilac
Ceanothus Snow Flurry * Snow Flurry California Lilac
Ceanothus Tassajara Blue * Tassajara Blue California Lilac
Ceanothus Valley Violet * Valley Violet Maritime California Lilac
Ceanothus Wheeler Canyon * Wheeler Canyon California Lilac
Ceanothus Yankee Point * Yankee Point California Lilac