Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Ceanothus americanus L. image
Photographer: Stephen L. Solheim           

Botanical Illustration

John M. Schoeneker

Marion Sheehan

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll
Family Rhamnaceae
Ceanothus americanus L.
New Jersey tea, red-root
Ceanothus: from Greek keanothus, a name which was used for some spiny plant
americanus: for America
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 1'-3' tall shrub with many branches
Flower: white, 5-parted; inflorescence a tall, rounded, branched cluster of usually separated umbels from the leaf axils on stalks to 8" long; blooms June - Aug.
Leaf:mostly narrowly elliptical, 1"-3" long and usually half as wide
Habitat: full to partial sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, meadows, uplands; in sandy, loamy soil

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Ceanothus list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Ceanothus americanus L. var. americanus
Ceanothus americanus L. var. intermedius (Pursh) Torr. & A.Gray
Ceanothus americanus L. var. pitcheri Torr. & A.Gray
Ceanothus intermedius Pursh

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