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Desert Lavender

Desert Lavender

Regular price $7.40 USD
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Plant Type: shrub
Plant Height: 3-6 feet
Spread: 4-8 feet
Flower Color: lavender to light purple
Sun Exposure: Full Sun


Desert Lavender, scientifically known as Hyptis emoryi, is a fragrant, drought-tolerant perennial shrub native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. This plant is highly valued in water-wise and desert landscapes for its aromatic, silvery-green foliage and clusters of small, lavender to light purple flowers that bloom from late winter through spring, and sporadically throughout the year.

Growing to about 3 to 6 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide, Desert Lavender forms a rounded, bushy shape that can be larger with adequate space and optimal growing conditions. Its leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, and covered with fine hairs, giving them a soft, silvery appearance. The leaves emit a pleasant, lavender-like fragrance when brushed or crushed, adding a sensory appeal to the garden.

Adapted to full sun, Hyptis emoryi thrives in well-draining soil and is exceptionally drought-tolerant once established, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and desert gardens. It is well-suited to hot, dry climates and can tolerate poor soil conditions, requiring minimal supplemental watering.

In landscaping, Desert Lavender is often used as an accent plant, in naturalized areas, or as part of a fragrant garden where its aromatic foliage and flowers can be enjoyed. It is also effective in attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing the garden's ecological diversity.

Overall, Desert Lavender is a low-maintenance and attractive shrub, ideal for gardeners looking to add fragrance, color, and texture to dry, sunny areas. Its drought tolerance, ease of care, and aromatic qualities make it a popular choice for creating sustainable and sensory-rich landscapes.

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