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botanical name:
Ceanothus 'Italian Skies'
Ceanothus 'Italian Skies' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  California Lilac
family:  Rhamnaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 1.50m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: blue
stem/bark: brown
main season: May
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -8°C
USDA zone: 8 to 9
description:
Vigorous, spreading evergreen with small, dark green leaves and bright medium blue flowers in May.


cultivation:
Most well drained soils, but not very chalky ones. Prefers full sun. Reasonably frost hardy, best in a sheltered position in cool areas.

propagation:
By semi-ripe cuttings taken from mid-summer to autumn - can be tricky, a little bottom heat may help.

usage:
Spreading habit makes effective ground cover.

other notes:
RHS AGM

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