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Aloysia wrightii

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Botanical Name: Aloysia wrightii
Common Name: Vera Dulce, Oreganillo

Extremely heat tolerant and drought tolerant desert shrub. Fragrant flowers and foliage can be used as a substitute for oregano. Attracts bees.

Plant Family: Verbenaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 5' H x 5' W
Growth Habit: Rounded shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to infrequent
Cold Hardy to: 5000'
Flower Season: April - October
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: List 4 / RED 1-1-1
Distribution: Southern and eastern Desert Mountains
Natural Habitat: Rocky, often limestone slopes. Joshua-tree or pinyon/juniper woodland. Elevation: 300' - 5000'

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