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Ceanothus Gentian Plume ~ Gentian Plume California Lilac

Ceanothus Gentian Plume is a large fast growing shrub and can be used as a small tree growing 15-20 feet tall and wide. The fragrant dark blue flowers are pruduced in the late Winter and early Spring. Ceanothus Gentian Plume is similar if not related to Ceanothus cyaneus, the Lakeside California Lilac native to the San Diego area. Ceanothus Gentian Plume is drought tolerant once established though it prefers to be near water 10-15 feet fro groundwater or an irrigated area. Long term survival odds are improved by limiting Summer water to a couple of artificial monsoons and planting in an area with good drainage. Ceanothus can live to 25 years in exceptional conditions but typically live 10 years or so. Ceanothus Gentian Plume will grow best in full sun. Deer are not generally attracted to Ceanothus, but if a deer is hungry enough they will eat just about anything organic. Ceanothus Gentian Plume is hardy to the low teens. Ceanothus Gentian Plume 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 Gentian Plume, Gentian Plume California Lilac

Dark Blue Flowers and foliage of Ceanothus Gentian Plume. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

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 crassifolius * Hoary Ceanothus
Ceanothus Dark Star * Dark Star California Lilac
Ceanothus Frosty Dawn * Frosty Dawn 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 Point Sierra * Point Sierra California Lilac
Ceanothus Ray Hartman * Ray Hartman California Lilac
Ceanothus rigidus Sierra Snow * Monterey Ceanothus
Ceanothus Snow Flurry * Snow Flurry California Lilac
Ceanothus oliganthus sorediatus * Jim Brush, Hairy Ceanothus
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