Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Ceanothus sanguineus (Red Stem Ceanothus)



 Plantae – Plants


 Tracheobionta – Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta – Seed plants


 Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants


 Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons






 Rhamnaceae – Buckthorn family


 Ceanothus L. – ceanothus


 Ceanothus sanguineus Pursh – redstem ceanothus

This attractive little shrub is excellent in a site that has been burned, disturbed or suffers very low fertility, where other shrubs would fail. In fact, all members of the Ceanothus genus are symbiotic with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and improve the soil for future and neighboring plants.

  • Growing in an erect and loosely branched form, Red Stem Ceanothus reaches 5 – 10.’

  • The thin, dark green leaves fall, revealing the slender, purple-red stems.

  • In spring, small, white flowers in dense 4" clusters erupt in glorious scent at the ends of the branches.

  • This shrub is highly adaptable, tolerating sun or shade, dry or moist sites, as long as the drainage is good.

  • It is found along the Pacific Coast and is hardy between USDA zones 6-10.

For a short comparison of northwest native ceanothus, click here.


Photo, left, credit:  Clearwater National Forest; Photo, right, credit:  Walter Siegmund


Photos, above, credit:  Walter Siegmund

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