Ceanothus-gloriosus ‘Heart’s Desire’
Common Name: Point reyes ceanothus
Type: Evergreen Shrub
Size: 1 ft. high; 4-6 ft. wide.
Flowers: Showy blue purple flowers in large clusters along branches, spring; small oval leaves deep green with bronze accents.
Uses: Ground cover, slopes, near oak trees. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Habitat, leaves for caterpillars; pollen, nectar, seeds for bees, butterflies, birds. Somewhat deer resistant.
Soil: Native to rocky slopes, but tolerates a variety.
Water: None to low; some summer water but let soil dry first. Avoid watering near stem.
Sun: Full sun to some shade; some shade inland.
Pruning: After blooms have faded. Avoid cutting branches more than 1 in. in diameter; pinch back tips to control growth during growing season.
Pests & Diseases: Aphids and whiteflies possible.
Notes: Native to coastal bluffs from Point Reyes to Point Arena, California. Coastal winds cause plant to grow more prostrate. C. thyrsiflorus var. repens is another excellent ground cover. Hardy to 5° F.