Holodiscus discolor
“Oceanspray”

Holodiscus discolor "Oceanspray"Holodiscus discolor "Oceanspray"

Butterfly photo:OldManTravels@flickr.com

One of my favorite native plants, the name “Oceanspray” really describes it well. When in bloom, the flowers look just like a foaming wave crashing down. The fragrant 5” flower clusters bloom May-July and age to a lovely russet color. Excellent for attracting butterflies and bees to your garden, it would be a beautiful addition to a bouquet. Native to British Columbia down to California and east to Utah and Nevada. Native Americans used the strong wood of this plant to make arrows and the flowers and seeds are both edible. Can be grown in sun or shade but looks better with a little bit of both, such as on the edge of a tree canopy. Can also tolerate salt air and wind. To 8’ tall and wide.

Pt. Sun/Shade
Low/Avg. Water
CA Native Perennial Shrub
USDA Zones 5-11