Trichostema lanatum

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Trichostema lanatum
Trichostema lanatum
Trichostema lanatum

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'

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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.