Botanical Name: Ceanothus griseus horizontalis
Common Name: Carmel Creeper  
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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

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Well-drained


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Shrub Border, Foundation, Parking Strip, Park, Parking Lot, Raised Planter, Roadside, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Lawn Substitute, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photographer: Linda Engstrom/Mod.Jr.
  • Description

  • Notes

Carmel Creeper is one of the most popular forms of spreading shrubs. Its glossy oval leaves of 2" are bright green. The tiny light blue flowers are abundant and form 1" clusters. This shrub benefits from pruning. It does best in well-drained soil with little to no summer water.
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.