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Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens

Creeping blue blossom

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by Clive Nichols, copyright GAP Photos (58588)
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Plant details

There is a huge range of ceanothus species, all from California, and even more varieties bred from them. The evergreen kinds tend to be slightly less hardy, but usually thrive with the aid of a warm sheltered wall in mild gardens, where they can be grown as free-standing shrubs. This variety is one of the hardiest, and a popular choice for the middle of a border, or as a groundcover, on light soils even flourishing in partial shade. Plants make shapely mounds and start flowering early in their lives. Annual trimming keeps plants bushy and leafy. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rhamnaceae

Genus: Ceanothus

Species: thyrsiflorus

Cultivar: var. repens

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 240cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

Flowering period: May to June


Reader reviews


carol50

i would like to know if this plant can be potted and if so how big a pot and can compost be used.
thank you.


FRANCISMAY

CAN THE CREEPING BLUE BLOSSOM,BE PUT IN A POT.FRANCIS


JoJo7

I love my Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens! At least that's what it said on the label. But reading this makes me wonder. Mine is over 6ft tall and my one plant has stretched right across my 12ft fence. It's huge! and much admired. Does anyone think the labellling was wrong?


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