Trichostema lanatum

Woolly Blue Curls

Plant family: Lamiaceae - Mint


Plant type: Shrub

Plant origin: N/A, California

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One Gallon 646   14.99
Five gallon - Natural 0   39.99

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Flower Color Blue, Purple
Blooming Season Spring, Summer
Height 1-2 feet, 2-3 feet
Spread 1-5 feet
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Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub

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Decomposed Granite, Sand, Sandy Loam

Special Characteristic

Edible , Exceptional Fragrance, Important to Native People

Plant Highlights

We are proud to be one of the few nurseries growing Woolly Blue Curls. This is a highly prized compact, medium sized shrub that produces breath-taking deep purple to blue flowers. This shrub prefers minimal watering after establishment, well drained soil and plenty of sun. It naturally occurs below 2000' ft. Woolly Blue Curls grows fast, reaching about 4 ft in height and the same in width. The leaves are needle like, thick skinned points that are a light to dark green. The spring and summer flowers are loved by bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and a favorite of Native gardeners. This very hardy, drought tolerant native was extremely important to indigenous Americans, who used almost all parts of the plant for medicinal uses, especially for stomach ailments. Indeed, it became so important that it was used as a currency at times. Tea made from sprigs of Woolly Blue Curls is also extremely tasty, with a soothing, calming effect. We love it so much we have introduced a packaged Woolly Blue Curls tea, available at nurseries and online in 2 oz canisters. Enjoy it in your garden; enjoy it in your pantry!

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I planted 4 of these last spring and the hummingbirds moved in immediately. I have hummingbird nests all over and by planting some sage next to it, the hummers come nonstop. They smell amazing and look great. Well worth the addition!

Posed by: Jeanne Marie Forester, on Feb 24 2020 11:37AM