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Rhamnaceae, Ceanothus thyrsiflorus (?) – Berkeley, CA

January 28, 2014

I took these photos this weekend along a fence in Berkeley, I think its Ceanothus thyrsiflorus, but could very well be wrong or not specific enough (cultivar?).

Its nearing the end of January, unseasonably hot and dry, and these are in full bloom.

Here is a close up of the flower and leaf…

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Skylark leaf and flowerThe leaf again, below.

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Skylark leaf

And below, the whole plant.

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  1. January 28, 2014 10:08:24 pm

    Lovely big lush green leaves on this one. I love the soft blue colour of the blooms :)

  2. January 28, 2014 10:08:05 pm

    I can see why they call these California Lilacs! I’m not a huge fan or blue flowers, but that’s a really pretty shrub!

    • January 28, 2014 10:08:11 pm

      I’m becoming very interested in the Ceanothus genus. It has a very long and interesting ethnobotanical and horticultural history. The flowers smell incredible. I’ll put together an overview of some of notable factoids and post it soon.

  3. tyannakavanagh permalink
    January 30, 2014 10:08:16 am

    Very pretty :)

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