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Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus

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About Bigpod Ceanothus (Ceanothus megacarpus var. megacarpus) Ceanothus megacarpus is a species of flowering shrub known by the common name bigpod ceanothus. This Ceanothus is endemic to California, where its distribution extends along the Central Coast and includes the Channel Islands. This shrub may exceed 3 meters in height and is covered in thick oval to nearly rectangular evergreen leaves. The flower clusters are small and sparse and are filled with small white to pale lavender flowers with dark centers. The fruit is a bumpy spherical red-green capsule about a centimeter wide. The inside of the capsule is divided into 3 valves, each valve holding a seed. The capsule dehisces neatly in two at the central band to release the seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
9.8 - 13 ft (3 - 4 m)


Flower Color
White, Lavender

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry slopes and canyons


Elevation ?
1' - 4182'

Annual Precip. ?
9.0" - 35.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 0.79"

Coldest Month ?
42.0° F - 56.5° F

Hottest Month ?
63.6° F - 80.4° F

Humidity ?
0.74 vpd - 26.82 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
7, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Bird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Other Names
Botanical Names
Ceanothus megacarpus var. pendulus

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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