Botanically-illiterate suppliers irritate me
I was at a garden center that shall remain nameless with my family this afternoon. While my wife was paying for her bulbs and seed, I spotted a two-gallon Ceanothus 'Heart's Desire', a plant that I've had difficulty finding locally (and even not-so-locally). When we got home, I noticed that I'd missed something on the tag. The full tag reads: 'Heart's Desire' Ceanothus gloriosus Point Reyes Creeper
Huh? I had never heard of 'Point Reyes Creeper' before, but apparently that's a synonym for C. gloriosus 'Anchor Bay'. The listed growth size on the tag (12" x 12') is closer to that of C. gloriosus gloriosus 'Point Reyes'. So apparently it's one of those three, and it would've been nice if the supplier knew what they were talking about. After looking at a Ceanothus flowering chart, I'm pretty sure that it's not 'Heart's Desire', as there are no signs of flowers and the foliage appears on the dark side. So probably one of the other two. Awesome.
I considered taking it back, but the hassle frankly isn't worth the $8. This is yet another reminder of the importance of purchasing from a good supplier.