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ceanothus Syllabification: ce·a·no·thus
Pronunciation: /ˌsēəˈnōTHəs/

Definition of ceanothus in English:


A North American shrub of the buckthorn family, cultivated for its dense clusters of small blue or white flowers.
  • Genus Ceanothus, family Rhamnaceae: numerous species, especially in the western US, including the blueblossom ceanothus of the Pacific coast
Example sentences
  • Plants chosen for drought tolerance as well as color thrive here, including catmint (Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’), ceanothus, lychnis, penstemon, purple coneflower, rockrose, rosemary, and star jasmine.
  • To distinguish a blue blossom ceanothus from a musk bush, for example, look for ridges on the plants' stems.
  • Take heel cuttings from ceanothus, penstemons, lavenders, santolinas and philadelphus.


Modern Latin, from Greek keanōthos, denoting a kind of thistle.

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