This ground cover is a multi-functional and extremely tough plant. Centennial Ceanothus explodes with blue flowers in late spring as hundreds of its tiny blue blossoms open up, much to the delight of bees that seem to cover every blossom. If that weren’t enough, Centennial is also a nitrogen-fixing and drought tolerant evergreen. A truly wonderful plant for a permaculture guild planting or as a companion plant to one of your young fruit trees.
A very useful and beautiful genus of shrubs native to the West Coast, mostly in the California and Southern Oregon Coast Range, Ceanothus boast evergreen foliage, gorgeous purple to blue, sometimes white, flowers and can tolerate the worst soil conditions so long as they are well draining. As nitrogen fixing shrubs they also fix nitrogen in the soil and are excellent companion plants for other woody plants.
Latin Name: Ceanothus ‘Centennial’
Site and Soil: Tolerant of many soil conditions so long as they are well draining
Hardiness: 0º Fahrenheit
Size at Maturity: Grows 1-2 feet in height and can spread up to 8 feet in width
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Pests & Diseases: None
USDA Zone: 8