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
Gardenia jasminoides - Gardenia
Shrub or small tree, growing 1-15 m tall. Leaves glossy, evergreen, opposite, coriacee, oval or elliptical, dark green, 7-10 cm long. Large solitary flowers, double or semiduble, white, 5.12 cm diameter. Bloom from May to September.
Genus was created by Portuguese botanist João de Loureiro (1717-1791) in the 1790 Flora Cochinchinensis for Campsis grandiflora. Linne named species with TECOM radicans and Thunberg gave the name of Bignonia radicans.
Lonicera xylosteum - shrub originating from Europe, the Caucasus and Siberia, growing at the edge of deciduous forests, from lowland to 1600 m altitude. They prefer warm places and limestone associated with Cornus sanguinela, Ligustrum vulgare, Prunus padus and Rubus idaeus.
Maclura tricuspidata - native to North America, used as an ornamental species, used for protection curtains.
Drypetes natalensis (Harv.) Hutch
Small tree, 10 m high, branches edges. Leaves alternate, language narrow oblong or elliptic, round base, asymmetrical, margins deeply soirees, shiny dark green on the upper face, and green inside. Stipele linear, 0.1 cm. Flowers in bundles, appear in the armpit leaves and on old wood, male flowers are nested sepa 4.5, 0 petals
Herbaceous perennial. Floral stem erect, 3-15 cm high. Basal leaves often nested, lamina lanceolata, 0.4-1.5 cm x 0.8-2.0 mm, margins cartilaginous, top acute, glabra, nauseating. Flowers solitary, bisexual or unisexuate. Pedicel 2-40 mm.
Abutilon darwinii - ornamental shrub originating in S Brazil. In hot climates are grown as ornamental plants in parks and gardens in cold climates are grown in pots for indoor or greenhouse.
Epilobium dodonaei - spcie originated in Europe and the Caucasus, increases debris, calcareous rocks, up to 1700 m altitude.
Cucumis sativus L. - cucumber
Herbaceous annual, monoecious, climbing, 1-4 m. Leaves alternate, palmate-lobate, lobes acute and angulosi-toothed, 7-20 x 7-15 cm, scabrous, 5-20 cm long stalks. Flowers unisexuat-mono, pentamere, calyx Vilos, 5 sepa narrow-triangular, 0.5-1 cm long; Corola campanulata, yellow-gold petals 2 cm long