Ceanothus hearstiorum
“Hearst Ranch Buckbrush”

Photo(left) by Pete Veilleux

A beautiful and useful evergreen groundcover “California Lilac” for heavy clay! This California native is found along the San Luis Obispo County coastline where it grows happily in clay soil surviving on Winter rains and fog drip. Growing to less than 1’ high and up to 8’ wide, it sports delicately scented, small, shiny, evergreen leaves. Fragrant periwinkle blue flowers emerge in Spring attracting native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Deer and drought tolerant. Along the coast it thrives in full Sun to part Shade with little to no additional Summer water once established. Inland it benefits from part Shade and occasional Summer water. An excellent choice for under native oaks or pines. Does not like sandy soil.

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Sun/Pt.Shade (coast)
Pt.Shade (inland)
Low/No Summer Water

CA Native
Perennial Shrub
USDA zones 8-10