Ceanothus herbaceous

Common name: Redroot

Native plant

Smaller, slimmer and shinier than New Jersey Tea, Redroot is no less a beauty. Tends to flower earlier and is more commonly found on rocky sites and sandier soils than its cousin. We have planted it on several sites around the area and found that it likes to run along the ground somewhat, not really forming an upright shrub. We have also noticed that it seems to handle a bit of shade and still grows quite well. Like Ceanothus americanus, it fixes nitrogen in the soil, and a red dye can be produced from its roots, hence its name.


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Pricing information per unit for 5 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $19.50
11 to 24 units $17
25 or more units $14.50

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun

Bloom period


Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Ground cover

General information

Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
3 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
6 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot Nitrogen fixer

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