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Ceanothus gloriosus var. gloriosus 'Heart's Desire'

Heart's desire ceanothus

Heart's Desire ceanothus is an evergreen shrub that grows 6-12" high and 4-5' wide.  It makes a good ground cover, particularly in coastal areas where it's happy in sun or light shade.  Inland, it prefers light shade.

This selection of glory mat ceanothus was made by Phil Van Soelen, co-owner of California Flora Nursery in Fulton.  He found it on a rocky outcropping above Heart's Desire Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County.

Heart's Desire is a really good ground cover shrub, especially in coastal areas where it grows happily in sun or light shade.  In hotter inland areas, it grows best when planted in light shade or an area with just morning sun.

Heart's Desire forms a dense ground cover about 6-12" high and spreads to about 4-5' wide.  It's got glossy, dark green leaves that have small spines on the edges and look like miniature holly leaves.

Like most ceanothus in California, Heart's Desire blooms in spring.  The flower color is a little darker than other Ceanothus gloriosus cultivars.


6-12 Inches


4-5 Feet


4-5 Feet

Ceanothus gloriosus var. gloriosus 'Heart's Desire' Characteristics


  • Wind resistant
  • California native
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Evergreen

Flower color

  • Blue / Purple / Lavender / Violet

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Prostrate


  • Sunny all day - Coast
  • Morning sun

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Winter
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Spring

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts bees
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Attracts butterflies

Suggested uses

  • Groundcover
  • Under CA native oaks

Plants that work well with Ceanothus gloriosus var. gloriosus 'Heart's Desire'

David's Choice sagewort David's Choice sagewort (Artemisia pycnocephala 'David's Choice')
Yarrow, Island Pink Yarrow, Island Pink (Achillea millefolium 'Island Pink')
Sunset manzanita Sunset manzanita (Arctostaphylos 'Sunset')
Serpentine blue California fescue Serpentine blue California fescue (Festuca californica 'Serpentine Blue')
Coyote mint Coyote mint (Monardella villosa ssp. villosa)
Red buckwheat, Rosy buckwheat Red buckwheat, Rosy buckwheat (Eriogonum grande var. rubescens)
Margarita BOP foothill penstemon Margarita BOP foothill penstemon (Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'')
Spectacular penstemon Spectacular penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis)
Pacific blue Brandegee's sage Pacific blue Brandegee's sage (Salvia brandegi 'Pacific Blue')
Winnifred Gilman's sage Winnifred Gilman's sage (Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman')
de la Mina verbena de la Mina verbena (Verbena lilacina 'de la Mina')
Silver Select California fuchsia Silver Select California fuchsia (Epilobium 'Silver Select')