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Scientific Name: Aloysia gratissima (Gillies & Hook.) Troncoso
Synonym: Lippia lycioides, Aloysia lycioides
Family: Verbenaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 8-11

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: Southwestern USA (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), Mexico, South America to Uruguay and Argentina

Growth Habits: Slender, densely branched deciduous shrub, 3 to 10 feet tall, 8 feet in spread; simple, opposite leaves, lanceolate to elliptical

Watering Needs: Low water use, drought tolerant, tolerates poorly drained soils


Cultural Practices:
This plant tends to have a scraggy appearance but can be pruned into a hedge or a small tree. It can form a thicket of stems from the base.

Blooming Habits:
Showers of strongly vanilla-scented, white or violet-tinged flowers with yellow throats, on loose 1 to 3 inches spikes (2.5-7.5 cm), in spring to fall after rains. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees.

Fruiting Habits:

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