Edible usesThere are no edible uses listed for Ceanothus thyrsiflorus.
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]. The sub-species C. thyrsiflorus repens is a good ground cover plant for sunny positions, growing well on banks and reaching a height of 90cm. Plants can be grown as a hedge in exposed maritime areas though they do not succeed in the most exposed positions and can be slow to establish.Wood - close-grained, rather soft.
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A very ornamental plant it is hardy to about -10°c. The sub-species C. thyrsiflorus repens. McMinn. is somewhat hardier, to about -15°c. There are several named forms selected for their ornamental value. A plant has reached 6 metres tall at Kew in an exposed position, but is damaged in severe winters. Plants dislike root disturbance, they should be planted out into their permanent positions whilst still small. A fast-growing plant, it flowers well when young. 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 flowering has finished. Constant pruning to keep a plant small can shorten its life. There are a number of named varieties developed for their ornamental value. 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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