If you’ve ever smelled the unmistakable perfume of lavender while hiking through Sabino Canyon, this desert native was probably to blame! Desert Lavender’s silvery foliage releases the namesake scent when something brushes against it, and when rainfall wets the leaves.
This semi-evergreen shrub’s brilliant, silver sheen comes from the soft, wooly, water-conserving fuzz that covers the stems and leaves. Tiny purple flowers are crowded onto short spikes near the ends of Desert Lavender’s branches, appearing heaviest in spring and then periodically throughout the summer. Try placing these shrubs in well-drained soil near walkways or in high traffic areas, where brushing against them will release the delightful lavender scent more frequently.
Height: 6 – 10 feet
Width: 6 – 8 feet
Bloom color: Purple
Flowering season: Late Spring, Summer
USDA minimum zone: 8
Cold hardiness: 15° F

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