Ceanothus americanus / New Jersey Tea

Description

A low shrub with abundant white blooms. Dependent on fire or harsh conditions for seed germination and for persistence in the wild. Host plant for several butterflies and a rare moth species.

Its leaves, dried and roasted, make an excellent black tea substitute. Used as an herbal remedy. Host plant for several butterfly species including the rare mottled duskywing.

Height: 2′ – 3′        Blooms: June

Habitat: well-drained,  sun to part shade