From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Trichostema lanatum
Common Name: Woolly Blue Curls or Romero
- Native to Santa Monica Mtns. Wonderful sweet-scented woolly flowers with unusual rosemary-like foliage; a hummingbird favorite. Plant in dry, well-drained area. No summer water once established!!
- Plant Family: Lamiaceae
- Plant Type: Shrub
- Height by Width: 4' H x 4' W
- Growth Habit: Upright, branching
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
- Soil Preference: Adaptable
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
- Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
- Flower Season: Spring/Fall
- Flower Color: Purple/Blue
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: South Coast Range, South Coast, Western Transverse Range, San Gabriel Mtns, Peninsular Range, Baja
- Natural Habitat: Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub below 2700'
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Small shrub 2 to 5 feet high, with many branches from the base and narrow glossy green fragrant foliage. flowers blue, in spikes often a foot long, the whole inflorescence clothed with a dense violet colored wool. Quite desirable for cutting. A most remarkable shrub, growing as it does on dry ridges and flowering profusely from spring to past mid-summer. Gallon cans, 50c."
- Other Names
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.