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Hyptis emoryi 'Silver Lining' - Desert Lavender
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Violet
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Condea emoryi]
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Hyptis emoryi 'Silver Lining' (Desert Lavender) - A California native shrub from the mid to high elevation Mojave desert (<1,000 meters) growing 6 to 10 feet tall and as wide with numerous erect slender branches bearing small gray leaves. In winter through spring appear the small violet flowers in short clusters at the branch tips. Plants of the species (not this collection) at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden froze back at 18 F in 1978 but resprouted. Hyptis emoryi 'Silver Lining', collected near the high elevation extreme of the species should prove to be hardy to at least these temperatures. Rancho Santa Ana noted that while this plant is drought tolerant it responds favorably to supplemental water in summer. We have found that it requires no supplemental irrigation in our cool coastal climate. Another tentative name that was considered for this plant, and one that we thought quite suitable was Hyptis emoryi 'Desert Potpourri'. 'Silver Lining' was collected by Carol Bornstein and is a Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Introduction (Accession No: 95-038). The correct name for this plant as noted in the Jepson Exchange is Condea emoryi but we retain the older name until such time as this name becomes more widely recognized. More information on this plant can be found on the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden's Plant Introduction Page This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Hyptis emoryi 'Silver Lining'.
 
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