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image: Mountain Balm
Photograph from Lewis and Clark Herbarium/Academy of Natural Sciences
Mountain Balm
(Sticky Laurel, Tobacco Brush, Snowbrush, Buckbush)

Ceanothus velutinus

First Noted by Expedition
Fall 1805, along the Clearwater River, Idaho.

The clusters of fragrant, creamy-white flowers contrast well with the dark, balsam-scented, sticky foliage of this broadleaf evergreen shrub. Snowbrush's stems are stout and much-branched, lending a spreading, round-topped habit. Height: 3-5 ft (0.9-1.5 m).

Open, wooded, hillsides and ledges; 3,500 to 10,000 ft (1,067 to 3,048 m) elevation.

Tulare County, California, to coastal British Columbia, east, mainly in mountains, to Colorado and Black Hills, South Dakota.

Mountain balm is a member of the buckthorn family (family Rhamnaceae), which includes shrubs, woody vines, and small to large trees (rarely herbs). There are about 700 species worldwide.

Species information from enature.com

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