Edible usesThere are no edible uses listed for Ceanothus prostratus.
All parts of the plant are rich in saponins - when crushed and mixed with water they produce a good lather which is an effective and gentle soap. This soap is very good at removing dirt, though it does not remove oils very well. This means that when used on the skin it will not remove the natural body oils, but nor will it remove engine oil etc[K] The flowers are a very good source, when used as a body soap they leave behind a pleasant perfume on the skin[K]. The developing seed cases are also a very good source of saponins[K].A useful ground cover plant, especially on warm sunny slopes.
Medicinal uses(Warning!)There are no medicinal uses listed for Ceanothus prostratus.
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This species is particularly susceptible to damage by frost when it is young, though it should be hardy as it grows older. The sub-species C. prostratus occidentalis. McMinn. is a form growing by the coast in N. California - it may be a more suitable form for maritime areas[K]. Plants dislike root disturbance, they should be planted out into their permanent positions whilst still small. Dislikes heavy pruning, it is best not to cut out any wood thicker than a pencil. Plants flower on the previous year's growth, if any pruning is necessary it is best carried out immediately after the plant has finished flowering. Constant pruning to keep a plant small can shorten its life. Fast growing, it flowers well when young, often in its second year from seed. The branches are prostrate and often form roots where they touch the soil. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus.Some members of this genus have a symbiotic relationship with certain soil micro-organisms, these form nodules on the roots of the plants and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby.
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