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Carmel Creeper

Ceanothus griseus var. horizontalis
A fast-growing, low-maintenance, evergreen adapted to dry summers and drawing in all manner of pollinators with its attractive blue flowers? What more could you ask for? Native birds also eat the small, black fruits. Especially valuable near the coast for its salt tolerance, this large-scale ground cover will also grow well inland if given some shade in the afternoon.
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Quick Facts

  • Perfect for coastal conditions
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Forms an effective ground cover

Details

A fast-growing, low-maintenance, evergreen adapted to dry summers and drawing in all manner of pollinators with its attractive blue flowers? What more could you ask for? Native birds also eat the small, black fruits. Especially valuable near the coast for its salt tolerance, this large-scale ground cover will also grow well inland if given some shade in the afternoon.

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About This Plant

Type

Shrubs

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Flowering

Mature Height

Up to 48 inches

Mature Width

Up to 180 inches

Landscape Uses

Flowering, Groundcover, Bears Fruit

Features

Low maintenance, fast-growing

California residents please see Prop 65 WARNING

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Life Cycle

Perennial

Bloom Time

Spring

Bloom Color

Blue

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
Careful pruning recommended to promote dense habit.

Effort of Care

Low

Soil Type

Well-drained

Growth Rate

Fast

Light Needs

Thrives in full or partial sun.

Water Needs

Needs little water once established. Occasional deep watering recommended in summer in hot climates.

Disease and Pests

Aphids, borers, scale insects, stem cankers, and root rots may all affect this plant

USDA Hardiness Zone

8

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