A fast growing, very low growing (up to 15 cm (6"), evergreen sub-shrub that grows to about 2,40 m (8') wide.
Makes and excellent ground cover, particularly if the desire is to have an area covered quickly.
It is unusual for a ceanothus to be found growing at subalpine levels, but very comfortable there provided it receives an insulating layer of snow in winter.
High winds and high temperatures are not favorable for this low growing evergreen groundcover; it needs a partial sun situation with good drainage.
When content plant will form a dense matte of glossy serrated leaves and produce pale blue flower clusters and bright red horned fruit.
Ceanothus prostratus is native to the dry mountainous regions of Washington, Oregon and California and can be occasionally found in Idaho and Nevada, USDA zones 5-8.
This is a very attractive plant given the proper growing conditions. It has gained favor as a ground cover in many commercial situations.
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Genus - Ceanothus
Species - Prostratus
Common name - Squaw Carpet
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 0,10 - 0,15 m
Spread - 2,40 m
Plant type - Groundcover
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acid (pH 4-6)
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand, Rocky
Water requirements - Moist to Dry, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Attracts bees, butterflies, deer resistant, drought tolerant, erosion control, fast growing ground cover
Bloom season - May - June
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / Blue
Seed requires scarification and stratification to break its dormancy.
Pour boiling water over the seeds and let them soak overnight.
After the soaking, mix the seeds with moist sand (startify) and store them in the refrigerator (+2-+4C) for 6-8 weeks before planting.
Sow just below the surface of the soil.
When planted in the fall, only the boiling water treatment will be needed before direct sowing the seed. Germination may be slow and irregular.
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