This species of shrub is variable, particularly across its two varieties:
- Ceanothus jepsonii var. jepsonii is a spreading plant growing up to about half a meter tall. It bears inflorescences of blue or purple flowers and spherical fruits.
- Ceanothus jepsonii var. albiflorus is a white-flowered variety approaching a meter in maximum height. Its fruits are more oblong.
Both varieties have firm, toothed evergreen leaves oppositely arranged, curved, often spiny (holly-like), and with their edges turned under. The flowers tend to have a musky odor.
- Jepson Manual Treatment — Ceanothus jepsonii
- USDA Plants Profile
- Ceanothus jepsonii — U.C. Photo gallery
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