Pin It
Print this page

Hearst ceanothus (Ceanothus hearstiorum) at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Ceanothus hearstiorum

Hearst ceanothus

Hearst ceanothus is a very low-growing evergreen shrub that's native to California.  It forms a groundhugging loose mat of dark green foliage that's less than 1' tall and up to 8' wide.  Clusters of light blue flowers bloom in spring.

Native habitat and range
Hearst ceanothus has a very limited range, being found only in the coastal hills surrounding Arroyo de la Cruz in northern San Luis Obispo County, California.


Hearst ceanothus Growing and Maintenance Tips

Hearst ceanothus needs little to no maintenance.  If necessary, you can limit the plant's spread by pruning back the stems. 


6 in


6-8 ft


8 ft

Ceanothus hearstiorum Characteristics


  • California native
  • Wind resistant
  • 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
  • Light or dappled shade

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Winter

Your soil type

  • Clay

Water requirements

  • None
  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant
  • Rabbit resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Attracts bees
  • Attracts birds

Suggested uses

  • Under redwoods
  • Under CA native oaks
  • Under pine trees
  • Firescaping
  • Rock garden
  • Under eucalyptus


  • California

Plants that work well with Ceanothus hearstiorum

Coyote mint Coyote mint (Monardella villosa ssp. villosa)
San Bruno Mountain golden aster San Bruno Mountain golden aster (Heterotheca sessiliflora ssp. bolanderi 'San Bruno Mountain')
Douglas' iris Douglas' iris (Iris douglasiana)
Canyon delight alum root Canyon delight alum root (Heuchera 'Canyon Delight')
Old la Rochette alum root Old la Rochette alum root (Heuchera 'Old La Rochette')
California fescue California fescue (Festuca californica)
Carmel Sur manzanita Carmel Sur manzanita (Arctostaphylos edmundsii 'Carmel Sur')
Slender cinquefoil Slender cinquefoil (Potentilla gracilis var. fastigiata)
Fringe cups Fringe cups (Tellima grandiflora)