Plant Portraits:

The California Legacy of A.R. Valentien

California Lilac: Ceanothus tomentosus

This and other species of Ceanothus are common in chaparral on hillsides and mountains throughout southern California. At the peak of their springtime bloom the flowers can look like a purple mist over the hills. The name "tomentosus" refers to the fuzzy underside of the leaf.

California Lilac

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