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Aloysia wrightii
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Aloysia wrightii

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About Oreganillo (Aloysia wrightii) Aloysia wrightii is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family known by the common names Wright's beebrush and oreganillo. It is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it can be found in desert, scrub, and woodland habitat. This is a thickly branching shrub which reaches nearly two meters in maximum height and is generally rounded in form. It has small, oval-shaped to nearly round leaves each no more than two centimeters long. The leaves have lightly toothed edges and hairy undersides. The flower cluster is a narrow, woolly spike up to 6 centimeters long, with small, widely spaced white flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
3.5 - 7 ft (1.1 - 2.1 m)

Flower Color

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky slopes slopes

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
2652' - 6633'

Annual Precip. ?
5.4" - 12.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.70" - 2.93"

Coldest Month ?
42.7° F - 54.0° F

Hottest Month ?
66.4° F - 80.9° F

Humidity ?
5.06 vpd - 32.90 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Wright's Beebrush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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