Rhamnaceae
Ceanothus sanguineus

Redstem Ceanothus

Erect shrub. Stems green when new, becoming red to purple. Leaves deciduous, alternate, petiole less than 1 in., blade thin, widely oval with pointed tip, tiny teeth. Flowers white on red stalks at tips on stems, cluster less than 5 in. long, very fragrant. Grows in dry open sites, edges of forests, at low to mid-elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--10 feet
  • Habitat: Coastal, West-Side Forest
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier NP, West Gorge, Siskiyous, Olympic NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes