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Ceanothus Dark Star ~ California Lilac

The upright pyramidal nature of Ceanothus Dark Star lends itself very nicely to being used as an informal screen. Ceanothus Dark Star is dense and dark and makes a great backdrop for brightly colored flowers or light gray foliage. I have seen plants get to 8' tall but that is the exception. The dark blue flowers come on in the spring. Ceanothus Dark Star is a cross between Ceanothus impressus and Ceanothus papillosus. I often use it in combination with the prostrate Ceanothus hearstiorum.The leaves and flowers have similar color and character. Ceanothus Dark Star is a host plant for the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Hedgerow Hairstreak, and the Pale Tiger Swallowtail and a nectar source for the Spring Azure and Monarch Butterfly.

Ceanothus Dark Star

Flowers and foliage of Ceanothus Dark Star. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants from the Ceanothus Genus featured on this site:
Ceanothus Anchor Bay * Point Reyes California Lilac
Ceanothus burtonensis Far Horizons * Far Horizons California Lilac
Ceanothus Centennial * Centennial California Lilac
Ceanothus Concha * Concha California Lilac
Ceanothus crassifolius * Hoary Ceanothus
Ceanothus Dark Star * Dark Star California Lilac
Ceanothus Frosty Dawn * Frosty Dawn California Lilac
Ceanothus Gentian Plume * Gentian Plume California Lilac
Ceanothus greggii * Desert Ceanothus
Ceanothus hearstiorum * Hearst's California Lilac
Ceanothus Joan Mirov * Joan Mirov California Lilac
Ceanothus Joyce Coulter * Joyce Coulter California Lilac
Ceanothus megacarpus * Big Pod California Lilac
Ceanothus Point Sierra * Point Sierra California Lilac
Ceanothus Ray Hartman * Ray Hartman California Lilac
Ceanothus rigidus Sierra Snow * Monterey Ceanothus
Ceanothus oliganthus sorediatus * Jim Brush, Hairy Ceanothus
Ceanothus Snowball * Snowball California Lilac
Ceanothus Snow Flurry * Snow Flurry California Lilac
Ceanothus spinosus * Greenbark Ceanothus, Redheart California Lilac
Ceanothus Tassajara Blue * Tassajara Blue California Lilac
Ceanothus Valley Violet * Valley Violet Maritime California Lilac
Ceanothus Wheeler Canyon * Wheeler Canyon California Lilac
Ceanothus Yankee Point * Yankee Point California Lilac