Etymology: Ceanothus: from Greek keanothus, a name which was used for some spiny plant
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 40" tall, bushy shrub
Leaves: mostly oblong to elliptical, 3/4"- 2 1/3" and less than half as wide
Flowers: white, 5-parted; inflorescence a short, rounded, branched cluster of closely spaced umbels from the ends of the new leafy shoots on stalks less than 2" long; blooms May-June
Habitat: dry; prairies; in sandy, rocky soil
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: Shrubs: Photos, descriptions, information Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"