Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Fast growing to 2 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Patio Container Plant
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Sunset climate zones:16 - 24
Growth habit:Compact
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing to 2 ft. tall and wide.
Special features:Year-round Interest
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Purple
Flower attributesLong Bloom Season
Design IdeasA delightful subshrub to fill out beds and borders with foliage and flowers. Plant as edging or a small hedge for tropical gardens. Softens the corners of paving and sidewalks and helps to define pathways. Makes a fine nest for the base of a fountain, birdbath or sundial. Excellent for lush potted compositions.
Companion PlantsThis is a great companion for sun loving perennials for hot climates such as Blaze Heatwave Sage, (Salvia x 'Blaze'), Platt's Black New Zealand Flax, (Phormium 'Platt's Black'), Knock Out Shrub Rose, (Rosa x 'Radrazz') and Chamallow Bush Mallow, (Lavatera x clementii 'Inovera').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Partial Sun
Partial to full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This genus is comprised of over two hundred species distributed throughout the Americas. It was fist classified by French botanist Michel Adanson. The species is native to Mexico and Guatemala and named for its foliage similarities to old world hyssop.
Lore:
In some places this plant is known as the "elfin herb" due to its small flowers and foliage and is no way related to the heathers.