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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.
 

Description
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).
 

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

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

Note
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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