Trichostema lanatum, Blanca
Five foot tall by ten feet wide evergreen shrub with white flower clusters with narrow aromatic leaves. They boom in May through August. Both the flower and foliage has a sweet fragrance like freshly cut cedar with a bouquet of lavender. Woolly Blue Curls is native to dry slopes, south coast ranges of California.
Sometimes this plant suffers from root rot in the summer heat waves. You should remove your plant after it dies and plant new ones in a different location in your garden in fall. You can encourage the plant to produce more roots and foliage by pinching off the first couple of flowering stems before they develop. Young plants should be lightly pinched to encourage more branches and flowering stems.
It has been said that leaves, flowers and stems make a nice tea, supposedly has a positive effect on mood, stomachache, memory.
This is a tricky plant and it’s very sensitive to over-watering in summer. In general, while spectacular, it’s easy to kill! Not for the faint of heart!
- Plant in full sun to light shade
- Best in well-drained soil
- Water well once a week indirectly for the first year only. No summer water after the first year.
- Attracts hummingbirds, birds, bees, and butterflies
- Hardy up to 15 degrees
- Native to California