CRCCD – New Jersey Tea

SKU: CRCCD-NJT-1 Category:


Ceanothus americanus

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Soil:  Well-drained
Light:  Full to Part Sun
Moisture:  Average to Dry
Plant Height:  3 to 4 feet
Plant Width:  3 to 4 feet
Pests:  None
Landscape Value:  Good for mass plantings, in shrub and mixed borders, and wooded edges.  Good as a shrubby ground cover for hard-to-grow areas like dry, rocky slopes.  Good for cut flowers.

Compact, deciduous, nitrogen-fixing shrub with grey-green leaves and clusters of tiny, fragrant, white flowers that bloom in spring. Flowers produce dark brown seed capsules that split, ejecting their seeds several feet.  Plants have thick, deep taproots and are best left undisturbed once established.  Tolerates drought, dry soil and shallow-rocky soil.  Attracts songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies, and native bees.  Larval host to Spring Azure, Summer Azure and Mottled Duskywing butterflies.  Dried leaves make an excellent tea (Red Root Tea) that was very popular during the Revolutionary War period, hence the common name.

1 gallon pot