Trichostema lanatum

Common Name:
Woolly blue curls
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
4-5 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Bright blue
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This is a spectacular though temperamental California native shrub, growing about 5 feet tall with greater spread. Its stiff branches are densely clothed with narrow, very aromatic 2 inch leaves. In spring and summer (nearly all year in mild climates) it carries many blooming stems a foot or more long, covered by blue to reddish purple hairs, at the shoot tips. The lavender blue flowers have long, curled stamens. Best suited for open bank and hillside plantings. Sun, very well drained soil, little or no watering when established.