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Plant Spotlight: Desert Lavender

Photo Courtesy of John Doyen, CC 3.0 license
One lovely grey-leaved shrub for Morongo Basin landscapes is the California native Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi). This fast-growing shrub (given a small amount of irrigation) is a delicate, multi-trunk contrast in the garden to the broad leaves of agaves or the green of the creosote bush. 

Photo Courtesy of Stan Shebs, CC 3.0 license

Desert lavender is mildly fragrant, with purple blooms in spring. It makes an excellent filler for back of the border. It also responds well to pruning and shaping. Note, this shrub may suffer some damage if the temperatures remain below 20 degrees for a long period.

Photo by Stacy Doolittle

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