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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-22

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wild lilac

Ceanothus

Wild lilac

Think Spring, Part 3

Soon -- March, or maybe April -- the wild lilacs will be in bloom and the canyon hillsides will be covered with these flowers. Three facts about ceanothus: 1) They range in color from white to dark purple. 2) They do not like a lot of water. 3) They're fairly short lived, with a lifespan of a decade or less. Although ceanothus grow wild here in California, there are quite a few species available in nurseries, and their characteristic vary. Some of them even grow outside Zone 10, so there may be one suited to your climate.

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