Scientific name - Ceanothus thyrsiflorus
Popular names - blue-blossom, bluebrush, blue-Myrtle, Californian-lilac, céanothe thyrsiflore, Lilas Bleu de Californie.
Distribution and Habitat - originating in North America, California, dominates the coastal areas up to 600 m altitude.
Description - shrub or small tree, evergreen, 1-4 m high. Prostrata strain or upward. Green stalk, glabra, thin, flexible, geniculati. Leaves 2-6 cm long, oblong-elliptic, top obtuse or acute, margin fine teeth 3 ribs prominent upper front glabra, 12-15 mm long stalks. Panic blossom simple or compound, 4-8 cm long, peduncle elongate, flowers pale to dark blue, rarely white. Blooms in April-June. Capsule 3 mm wide, U.S.or lobate, smooth. Pollination made by bees, Apis sp ..
Growth rate - in the first year increases quickly, then increase slowly.
Tolerances - drought, heat, salinity and sandy soils, neutral or slightly alkaline. It tolerates low soil drainage and very wet.
Requirements - soil well-drained, fertile, sunny.
Management - is easy transplanteaza late autumn or spring. It is clipped in April to maintain a compact crown.
Propagation - by seeds or seedlings. Fresh seeds give better results than those stored a year or two. The stored should laminated, or applied to water treatment ͦ 82-93 C for 24 hours.
Potting-up is done with cuttings from new growth semilignificati. Green seedlings, shoots may be attacked by fungi. Lignificati rooted cuttings difficult.
Diseases and pests - Chrysesobothris Mali Synanthedon resplendens.
'Victoria' with dark blue flowers, oval leaves, dark green, grows well in full sun, dry soils, are clipped early spring to maintain compact crown.
'Skylark' with dark green leaves and blue flowers, stand up to temperatures of -10 C. ͦ
'Snow flurry' - cultivar selected by Joseph Solomon, white flowers.
C. thyrsiflorus var. repens - prostrate form.
C. x pallidus 'Marie Simon' - grows up to 1.5 m high, pale pink flowers in terminal panicule.
C. x delilianus 'Henri Desfosse' - deciduu, dark blue flowers, blooming all summer.
Properties and Uses - species used for ornamental fencing you, or on trellises.
Myth, Legendand Folklore - people originating in North America were the first to use Ceanothus. Young and flexible stems are used for production of pimples, and the leaves and roots for medicinal purposes.
Ceanothus americanus species of Ceanothus was first introduced in Europe in 1713.
Ceanothus thyrsiflorus, was the first species in California that has received recognition botany and horticulture.
David Fross, Dieter Wilken - Ceanothus - Timber Press, 2006
Jacqueline Herit - Complete Trees, Shrubs & Hedges - Creative Homeowner, 2005
Leroy Abrams - Illustrated Flora of the Pacific States - Stanford University Press, 1951
Linda Beidleman, Eugene Kozloff - Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region - University of California Press, 2003
Nevin Smith - Native Treasures - Gardening With the Plants of California - University of California Press, 2006
Ronald D. Quinn, Sterling C. Keeley, Marianne D. Wallace - Introduction to California Chaparral - University of California Press, 2006
Trees and shrubs
Shrub 3 m high. Leaves disposed in each vertical 3 (4), the busiest peak, linear, 1.5 cm long, acuminata-mucronata, bright green top and white on the inside of the main rib prominent, margins Revol.
Carica papaya - originally from Costa Rica, USA, tropical to temperate areas, up to 1500 m altitude.
The fruit contains protein, carbohydrates, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin C.
Small tree, stem 6 m tall, thin. Lujerii are pubescent. Leaves with Lamine obovata, 9-19 x 3.5-5.5 cm, short top acuminata, the acute subcoriacee, subglabra mid rib, ribs side 10-13 pairs, petiole 3.5-10 mm, slightly pubescent.
Asclepias fruticosa - shrub native from South Africa, introduced in the Mediterranean for textiles.
Dracaena marginata Lemarck
Popular names: English - Red-edged Dracaena, Madagascar Dragon-Tree, Hawaii - money tree.
Dracaena marginata Lemarck is an evergreen species native to Madagascar, was imported into Europe in the XVII century. Bush by 6 m high, formed more vertical stems. Leaves arranged spiral, simple, Sesia, entire, linear, evergreen, green with reddish margins, 15-45 x 0,7-3 cm; nervatiuni parallel.
Glycine max - soybean
Polygala chamaebuxus - perennial, evergreen, subfrutescenta, native to Central, Eastern and South-East, it grows on rocky places in alpine floor.
Ilex aquifolium is a shrub native to Britain, 8 meters high. Crown dense pyramid. Bark is smooth, gray, alternate leaves, coriacee, ovat-elliptical or pointed spinal rigid, acute, those tricky steps and with the lower branches of the PA wave the upper branches, evergreen, bright green, toxic.
Tussilago windbag - coltsfoot
From the Latin Tussilago tussis = cough on the plant's medicinal properties, windbag is the old name of poplar because of similarities between these species leaves.
Windbag Tussilago Tussilago is the only species of the genus.
Dioscorides, used potbal leaves as a substitute for tobacco, and to treat cough and asthma.