Desert Lavender

Common Names:
Desert Lavender
Scientific name:
Condea emoryi
Hyptis emoryi
Flowering Months:
March, April, May
Height | Length:
3 - 9 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Pungent scent, Attracts native bees, Food for insects & larvae, Attracts butterflies, Food for birds
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave, Sonoran

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Desert Lavender  in the desert

Condea emoryi is highly aromatic and attracts many pollinators, including honey bees, native bees and butterflies. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | February 2009   

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Desert Lavender in the desert

The Condea emoryi inflorescence is a spike of 10-15 clustered densely hairy tubular flowers with a lavender corolla. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 28, 2011  

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Desert Lavender in the desert

Condea emoryi is a shrub with many branches growing to less than 12 ft. It is a soft gray color, especially from a distance blending in seamlessly with the landscape. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2011    

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Desert Lavender in the desert

Condea emoryi has very soft, gray-green oval or rounded leaves with serrated margins. Flowers are arranged in clusters along the stem or in a spike. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2010    

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Desert Lavender in the desert

Close view of Condea emoryi flower clusters and stem. All parts of the shrub (except petals) are covered with soft white hair (pubescent).  Palm Springs, CA | March 2014