Magical Purple-Blue Ceanothus

I have NEVER seen a color like the blue of this ceanothus. It’s a deep intense pure purpleblue, an amazing gigantic specimen.

Ceanothus has many ethnobotanical uses. Native Americans would mix the flowers with water to create a soapy detergent. It really works! Roots and leaves have reputed medicinal properties, and the long, flexible stems of some species are used in basket-making. The common name for Ceanothus americanus, a species from the eastern United States, is New Jersey Tea, which refers to its use during the Revolutionary War as a substitute for traditional British tea.

The camera definitely doesn’t capture the saturation of color. It’s full of the sound of buzzing BEES.

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11 thoughts on “Magical Purple-Blue Ceanothus

  1. I love love love love love these so much! I used to spend as much time out at Mission Trails when these were blooming as I could. I loved it when the purple petals fell onto the red dirt trail in Oak Canyon. I have a few photos of whole hillsides covered with these, but they don’t show the intensity of the color — yours does pretty well, I think! ❤

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