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Condea emoryi (Desert Lavender)

Desert Lavender, Hyptis emoryi


Highly adapted to hot desert climates, Condea emoryi (Desert Lavender) is a pleasantly fragrant, multi-stemmed evergreen shrub boasting silvery gray, rounded leaves with scalloped and toothed edges. A profusion of tiny blue-violet flowers packed into short terminal and axillary spikes are on display from mid winter to late spring. Desert Lavender emits a wonderful lavender fragrance when brushed or following rains. A favorite of bees and butterflies, Desert Lavender is a gardener’s dream: it requires little water, little maintenance, is heat and drought tolerant and produces colorful flowers over a very long season. Desert Sage is perfect for xeric and desert landscape settings. The leaves are used to make a herbal tea.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (180-300 cm).
  • Enjoys full sun in dry, sandy or gravelly, sharply-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established, but looks better with irrigation. Tolerates summer water up to once per month.
  • Very useful and adaptable in the garden, it is trouble-free and easy to grow. Makes an attractive accent in borders, butterfly gardens or desert gardens. Can also be grown as an informal hedge.
  • Deer resistant.
  • Prune to control shape and size in summer or fall.
  • Propagate from seeds or softwood cuttings.
  • Native to Arizona, Nevada, California, and northwestern Mexico in Sonora and Baja California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 72" – 120" (180cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Southeast, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 72" – 120" (180cm – 300cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, California, Southeast, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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