Botanical Name: Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps'
Common Name: Julia Phelps California Lilac  
Plant photo of: Ceanothus 'Julia Phelps'
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Water Saving Tip:

Different areas of your landscape have different water requirements.

Shrubs need much less water than lawns and drip systems should never be scheduled on the same program with lawns.

Establish separate watering schedules for those areas.

California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range

3-6', 6-12'


Flower Color

Blue, Purple


Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season








Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Wild Garden, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Multi-trunk Tree, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Foundation, With Rocks


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: El Nativo
  • Description

  • Notes

Fast-growing and densely branched with small dark green leaves, this is a great bloomer showing a marvelous display of delicate, dark indigo blue flowers found in round clusters of 1". It is extremely drought tolerant, and must not be over watered. It does best in well-drained soil with little to no summer water. It attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects. - Cornflower Farms
Planting: 1. Dig a hole 1" less the depth and 2 times the width of the container. 2. Fill hole with water, let soak. 3. Set root ball in hole. 4. Fill hole halway with native soil and water. 5. Finish backfilling hole, build basin and water.