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Ceanothus greggii: Desert Ceanothus / Wild Lilac

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Description
Form: Shrub.
Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Slow to moderate.
Mature Size: 8' high and 6' wide.
Flowers: Crowded clusters of small white flowers cover entire plant and exude a fragrant lilac scent.
Bloom: Late winter and early spring.
Fruit: Fruit turns green to red to brown. When fruit dries in mid spring, seed capsules drop from plant and scatter.
Leaves: Small, thick, medium green leaves.
Stems: New stems are pinkish, older stems light gray. No spines.
Roots: Nitrogen-fixing*.
Wildlife: Seed attracts quail and other ground-feeding birds. Watering more than once a month attracts foraging deer.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Native to Southwestern United States and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-9.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water once established: Once every month or two.
Soil: Found in dry soil with low organic content, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline). *Do not use a nitrogen fertilizer.
Prune: In late spring after seed capsules have dropped.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Seed.
Uses: Ornamental, fragrance garden, bird garden.

Comments
A trouble-free, low maintenance plant that thrives on neglect. Available at Desert Survivors Native Plant Nursery in Tucson.



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Ceanothus greggii: Desert Ceanothus / Wild Lilac - flowers

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Ceanothus greggii: Desert Ceanothus / Wild Lilac