Etymology: Ceanothus: from Greek keanothus, a name which was used for some spiny plant
Plants: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall shrub with many branches
Leaves: mostly narrowly elliptical, 1"-3" long and usually half as wide
Flowers: white, 5-parted; inflorescence a tall, rounded, branched cluster of usually separated umbels from the leaf axils on stalks to 8" long; blooms June - Aug.
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, meadows, uplands; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native