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  • Ceanothus americanus is a deciduous shrub that typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimeters) and has a rounded, compact form. The plant produces dense clusters of tiny, fragrant white flowers that resemble snowballs, giving rise to one of its common names, "wild snowball." The leaves are dark green and elliptical in shape.
  • Habitat and Distribution: New Jersey tea is native to eastern North America and can be found in various habitats, including dry open woodlands, prairies, and rocky slopes. It is commonly found in regions such as the eastern United States and eastern Canada. The plant is well-adapted to poor, sandy or rocky soils.
  • Ecological Importance: Ceanothus americanus is considered an important plant for wildlife. The flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The plant is also a host for the caterpillars of certain butterfly species, including the mottled duskywing and spring azure. The fruits, which are small capsules, provide food for birds and small mammals.
  • Medicinal Uses: New Jersey tea has a history of traditional medicinal use by Native American tribes. The plant was used to make a tea infusion, which was believed to have diuretic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties. It was used to treat various conditions, including diarrhea, dysentery, and kidney disorders. However, it is important to note that traditional uses of plants for medicinal purposes should be approached with caution and verified by scientific research.
  • Cultivation: Ceanothus americanus can be cultivated in gardens, especially in native plant landscapes or naturalized areas. It is drought-tolerant and thrives in well-drained, sandy or loamy soils. The plant prefers full sun to light shade. Propagation can be done through seeds or by taking softwood cuttings. Once established, New Jersey tea requires minimal maintenance and can provide attractive flowers and wildlife benefits to the garden.
  • SPREAD 100-125 CM
  • HEIGHT 100-125 CM

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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