|Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea) Wildflower Seeds Be the first one to write a review|
Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Redshank, Wild Snowball, Mountain Sweet, Redroot
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 36 in to 48 in
Spacing: 24 in to 36 in
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
USDA Zone: 4a-10b
Germination: Fall plant or cold stratify for 2 to 3 months for best results. Sow seeds just below the soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 6600
During the time of the Revolutionary War, the American colonists began making their own tea as a substitute for the expensive Chinese or British tea. The leaves of this nitrogen-fixing native shrub, which grew abundantly in New Jersey, could be used to make a beverage much like black tea. Native American women often used the fragrant flowers as a soap, since they produce a gentle lather and cleansing agent; the entire plant has also been used in the production of brown, green, and red dyes. This plant is a host for several butterfly species such as Spring and Summer Azures and the Mottled Duskywing. Its deep, extensive root system makes it one of the most fire-resistant shrubs on the prairie; fire may actually improve the germination of its seeds.
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