Definition of ceanothus in English:


Line breaks: cea¦no|thus
Pronunciation: /ˌsiːəˈnəʊθəs


  • A North American shrub which is cultivated for its dense clusters of small, typically blue, flowers.
    • Genus Ceanothus, family Rhamnaceae
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    • 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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