Ceanothus delilianus ‘Gloire de Versailles’
Habit: Small shrub, 1-1.5 m tall and wide, upright to arching, sometimes only a semi-shrub.
Flowers: Decorative flowers in summer or autumn with cobalt-blue panicles on year-old wood, July to beginning of November.
Fruits: Decorative syncarpy, brownish-crimson, into winter.
Leaves: Elliptical, dark green into November, without autumn colours; almost semi-evergreen in favourable areas.
Demands: Sun to light shade, tolerant of heat and drought; sensitive to frost, often freezes to the ground, but regenerating easily with many flowers.
Soil: Especially plentiful flowers on light, well drained, chalky soil; collect nitrogen.
Note: Cut back to the ground in spring to increase flower production. Also possible on hot south-facing walls as a trellis. Best planted in spring.
Hardiness: Zone 7a