• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Patio Container Plant
  • Detail
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    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
    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
    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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.