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Desert Lavender
Scientific Name: Hyptis emoryi Torr.
Family: Lamiaceae
Desert Lavender (Hyptis  emoryi) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 10,12-13
USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix, frost sensitive when young

Sun Exposure: Full sun, tolerates reflected heat

Origin: USA (Arizona, California, Nevada), northwestern Mexico, up to 3000 feet elevation (900 m)

Growth Habits: Evergreen to deciduous shrub, 6 to 15 feet tall (1.8-4.5 m), 6 to 12 feet wide (1.8-3.6 m); gray bark, powder gray, ovate leaves, up to 2.5 inches long (6.2 cm), 1 inch wide (2.5 cm), with serrated margins.

Watering Needs: Little to moderate water once established, drought resistant, needs good drainage, some added water increases growth rate


The foliage is fragrant, with a heavy sage-like scent, it is used to make herbal tea. The Desert Lavender can be sheared in late winter to maintain shape.

Blooming Habits:
The Desert Lavender has clusters of violet flowers from spring to fall. The flowers are attractive to bees.

Fruiting Habits:

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