Southwest Plant of the Month – White Beebrush – Aloysia gratissima (Lippia gratissima)
|Plant Form||Shrub||Plant Size||8′ x 5′|
|Plant Type||Deciduous||Water Usage||Low|
|Sunlight||Sun, Partial Shade||Flowers||White|
Physical Description: Small white flowers clustered in 3″ spikes impart a very fragrant vanilla-like aroma, spring and fall and attracts bees.
Care and Maintenance: Sparse, twiggy appearance without supplemental moisture. Occasional severe cut back will stimulate new growth and flowering.
Gardener’s Notes: Slender, intricately branched shrub with small elliptical leaves providing light shade. Native to Chihuahuan desert. Near relative in El Paso, A. wrightii or Oreganillo, is more compact (to 4′) and has small oval, aromatic leaves used for herbal purposes
Plant information from Southwest Yard & Garden Plant Advisor.