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Condea emoryi
  

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About Desert Lavender (Condea emoryi) Hyptis emoryi (Desert Lavender) is a fragrant, multi-stemmed shrub species of flowering plant in the Lamiaceae (mint family). The genus Condea (formerly Hyptis) is commonly known as the bushmints. Desert Lavender is a medium to large perennial shrub found in the deserts of southwestern United States of Arizona, Nevada, California, and northwestern Mexico in Sonora and Baja California at elevations below 3,000 ft.

Desert Lavender prefers sandy or gravelly soils with good drainage, and full sun or part shade. It can tolerate summer water up to 1x per month.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Shrub

Max. Height
6 - 12 ft (1.8 - 3.7 m)

Max. Width
8 ft (2.4 m)

Form
Rounded, Upright Columnar

Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Growth Rate
Moderate

Dormancy
Summer Semi-Deciduous

Leaves
Small, furry, blue-green or grey-green in color. It is drought deciduous but will retain its leaves with 1x month watering

Flower Color
Blue, Lavender

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter


Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Site Type
Gravelly, sandy washes, canyon bottoms and alluvial fans of the Colorado Desert, extending slightly into the Mojave Desert, usually as part of creosote bush scrub

Sun
Sun

Elevation ?
-187' - 4436'

Annual Precip. ?
2.6" - 18.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.28" - 2.84"

Coldest Month ?
41.7° F - 63.7° F

Hottest Month ?
71.8° F - 89.3° F

Humidity ?
2.81 vpd - 42.82 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil

Soil Texture
Sand

Soil PH
6.0 - 7.5

Drainage
Fast

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 25° F

Sunset Zones ?
8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Wildlife Attracted
Bees, butterflies

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Low
Moderate - High


Popularity
Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?

No Summer Water
1x/month
2x/month
3x/month
1/week
Keep moist


Mulch
Inorganic

Pruning
Prune as desired in Summer or Fall

Common uses
Hedges, Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Hyptis emoryi

Common Names
Bushmints


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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