Plant family: Rhamnaceae - Buckthorn
Plant type: Groundcover, Slope Stabilizer, Sub-shrub
Plant origin: N/A, California, Hybrid
Coastal Sage Scrub, Hybrid
Attracts Wildlife, Good under Oaks, Slope Stabilizer, Tolerates Hard Frost
Centennial is a low-growing ceanothus with deep cobalt-blue flowers are concentrated in clusters which, when viewed against the glistening green surface of the leaves the flowers sparkle like water. An evergreen sub-shrub, Ceanothus 'Centennial' reaches to 1' tall to 5' wide. The deep blue flowers occur in late spring to early summer, attracting pollinators such as bees. A tough low maintenance groundcover it is well suited to small gardens, median strips, and slopes. This plant thrives in the dry shade or the understory of oak trees.
Plant in full sun if coastal, and part shade inland. If you live in the hills or mountains you'll be glad to know that the deer do not like this plant. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Centennial Ceanothus is drought tolerant and frost hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
Ceanothus 'Centennial' is a hybrid of C. foliosus x C. griseus introduced by Roger Raiche of U.C. Botanic Garden in 1990.
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