Bohemia Ecological Preserve

Jepson Ceanothus, like all the other species in this genus, is a good source of nutrition for deer, specifically mule deer. However, the leaves are not as nutritious from late spring to early fall as they are in early spring. Native Americans used the dried leaves of this plant as an herbal tea, and early pioneers used the plant as a substitute for black tea. Miwok Indians of California made baskets from Ceanothus branches. Buckthorn Family.