New Jersey Tea - Ceanothus americanus
One of a few true prairie shrubs left in Illinois, found almost exclusively in prairie remnants and open savannas. Its white flowers brighten the grassy expanses from late June to early August and can really bring in the pollinators. Needs full sun and well-drained soils to get best results in growth. Wet ground is not recommended. Though not a legume, it does fix nitrogen in nodules in the roots, adding nutrients to the soil. New Jersey Tea can be used as a fine tea, by using the leaves and flowers. In the past, it was also used to make a red dye, which was made by crushing the roots. We recommend that you add wire protection from rabbits and others for the first year.
Mature size: 2-3' high, 2-3' wide
Location: Sunny with dry soil, sunny with average soil moisture, partial sun with dry soil, partial sun with average soil moisture
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