Ceanothus americanus

  • Family name: Rhamnaceae
  • Host plant for: Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis) and Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus)
  • General description: Small woody deciduous shrub with numerous globular terminal clusters of white flowers. Grow in full sun to partial shade. Tolerates dry conditions. Compact growth habit is ideal for small gardens. Flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Type: Deciduous shrub
  • Flower: Terminal clusters of small white flowers.
  • Bloom time: Spring to summer
  • Soil type: Moist to dry, well-drained, sandy soils
  • Maximum height: 3 feet
  • Candidate for home gardens: Wonderful compact shrub. Both larval host and nectar source
  • Availability in nursery: Native plant nurseries
  • Frenquency in the wild: Uncommon
  • Habitat: sandhills, pine flatwoods, hardwood forests, ruderal
  • County: Alachua, Citrus, Columbia, Duval, Escambia, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Okaloosa, Orange, Pasco, Polk, Santa Rosa, Sumter, Suwannee, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, Washington
Full sunFull Sun
Partial sunPartial Sun
Drought tolerantDrought Tolerant

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