Ceanothus oliganthus (detail)
Ceanothus oliganthus oliganthus
Ceanothus oliganthus var. oliganthus
Common Name Hairy-leaf Ceanothus, California Lilac, Soap Plant, Wild Lilac
Latin Name Ceanothus oliganthus oliganthus
Native Habitat Califoria brushy slopes below 5,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width 6 feet X 6 feet to 12 feet X 12 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen dark green, slightly hairy on bottom
Garden Suitability Thornless, Hummingbird, Songbird, Butterfly, Fire Retardant
Ornamental Value Whitish to blue to purple flowers in spring
Nature Value Butterflies and hummingbirds use flowers, birds eat seeds, browse for deer
Native American Uses Flowers used to make soap and shampoo
    Images, nursery, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/1123.htm
    Images http://www.calflora.net/bloomingplants/hairyceanothus.html
    Images and data http://oregonstate.edu/dept/botany/herbarium/projects/ceanothus/CeOlig/index.html
    Images and data http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=CEOL
    Images http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?stat=BROWSE_IMG&query_src=photos_browseimgs_plant_sci&where-genre=Plant&where-taxon=Ceanothus+oliganthus+var.+oliganthus&title_tag=Ceanothus+oliganthus+var.+oliganthus
     Distribution  http://oregonstate.edu/dept/botany/herbarium/projects/ceanothus/CeOlig/maps.Ol.html