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Products > Trichostema parishii
Trichostema parishii - Mountain Bluecurls

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: California (U.S.A.)
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): No Irrigation required
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Trichostema parishii (Mountain Bluecurls) - This attractive evergreen plant is like a diminutive form of Woolly Blue Curls (T. lanatum) that only grows to 2 to 3 feet tall by 3 to 4 feet wide with narrow dark green leaves that are less aromatic than T. lanatum and with blue flowers that are less congested and hardly wooly. Plant in very well-drained soil and withhold summer irrigation. Plant in full to nearly full sun (tolerates summer afternoon sun). It is native to yellow pine forests and joshua tree woodlands from 2,000 to 6,000 ft in mountainous areas of eastern San Diego County north into the San Jacinto Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains and Transverse Ranges in Santa Barbara County. It grows in pine forest and Joshua Tree woodlands. Another listed common name for this plant is Parish's Romero, which comes from the similarities between Rosemary (Romero) and Trichostema lanatum, that were noted during the Portola expedition in 1769. We grew this plant in 2007 and 2008 when seed of this species was inadvertantly shipped to us as Trichostema lanatum - a nice plant but not as nice as the larger Wooly Bluecurls.  The information about Trichostema parishii displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We also relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we visit, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.