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Ceanothus sanguineus
redstem ceanothus, Oregon teatree

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to western Montana.

Habitat: Moist to dry open forest, slopes, and thickets, from low to middle elevations.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, deciduous shrubs, the stems erect, 1-3 m. tall, somewhat purplish.


Leaves alternate, the blades ovate to ovate-elliptic, 3-10 cm. long, thin, with fine, rounded serrations and glands; stipules 3-6 mm. long, quickly deciduous.


Flowers in dense panicles on short lateral branches of the previous yearu00e2u20acu2122s growth; calyx 5-lobed; petals 5, long-clawed, hooded, white; stamens 5, opposite the petals, separated from the pistil by a flat, lobed disk, which also embeds the ovary; style 1, stigmas 3.


Capsules about 4 mm. long, deeply 3-lobed, not crested.

Accepted Name:
Ceanothus sanguineus Pursh
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1(3): 125, pl. 45 [1813]. 1814.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Ceanothus sanguineus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Ceanothus sanguineus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Ceanothus sanguineus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Ceanothus sanguineus photos.

USDA Plants: Ceanothus sanguineus information.

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