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Hyptis emoryi


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Hyptis emoryi

  1. 1. * Desert Lavender – Hyptis emoryi (HIP (HYPE)-tis EM-or-ee-eye) Family: Lamiaceae (Mint Family) Native to: Southern Mojave Desert & Sonoran Desert from NV west to CA and south to N. Mexico; common in gravelly or sandy washes and canyons below 3000'. woody shrub mature height: 3-10+ ft. mature width: 5-8 ft. Large woody shrub, evergreen with some water. Size and shape (erect or more spreading) depends on available water; in the wild this is a slow-growing, compact plant. Bark is gray. Simple leaves are gray to white, powdery-looking, give off a pleasant, minty scent when crushed. Growth characteristics: Blooms off and on depending on rains, but primarily in spring. Flowers are small, silver-blue, in clusters at ends of branches. Scented of lavender – hence the common name. Blooms/fruits: Uses in the garden: Often used as a foundation plant or in mixed beds with other desert plants – has the look of a desert shrub. Does not do well near the coast. Makes a great informal hedge or screen. Be sure to plant where you can enjoy the scents and the insect pollinators. Leaves can be used as a spice or to make an herbal tea. The cultivar ‘Silver Lining’ has very white foliage. Sensible substitute for: Non-native large shrubs; a good water-wise alternative shrub. Excellent pollinator habitat: attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, native bees and others. Smaller birds may nest in this shrub. Attracts: Requirements: Element Sun Soil Water Requirement Fertilizer Other Full sun. Takes reflected heat, so good for hot, south or west-facing walls. Well-drained; sandy or rocky best. Low requirements once established. Best in Zone 1-2 (very occasional summer water). Suggest no fall water. None. Quite low maintenance if give only occasional summer water. Can be sheared to In areas subject to frosts, prune after end of frost season. Management: shape. Propagation: from seed: in spring by cuttings: probably from hard- and semi-soft wood. Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 1, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 11/29/10 * CA native plant but not native to Western L.A. Co. © Project SOUND