Scientific Name: Hyptis emoryi Common Name: Desert Lavender Family:Lamiaceae, Mint Family Duration: Perennial Size: Up to 9 feet or more under ideal conditions. Growth Form: Shrub; spreading to erect, multiple stems. Leaves: Green or grayish-green or whitish gray-green, canescent; leaves ovate with petioles, margins crenate (see photos above), cold deciduous. Flower Color: Violet; flowers in axils, fruit a nutlet. Flowering Season: January to December at lower elevations.
Comments: The flowers of Desert Lavender are an important nectar source for desert honeybees during their major spring blooms. Desert Lavender is drought tolerant and readily available as a desert or mid-elevation land species. The leaves have a strong, pleasant, lavender fragrance when crushed. The flowers have only a faint fragrance of honey.