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Marcus, Joseph A.
Aloysia macrostachya (Torr.) Moldenke
Rio Grande beebrush, Woolly Bee-brush
USDA Symbol: alma9
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This species is a member of the verbena family (family Verbenaceae), which includes about 75 genera and 3,000 species of herbs, shrubs, and trees, mostly of tropical and warm temperate regions. Among them, teak is a highly prized furniture wood, and Vervain, Lantana, Lippia or Frog Fruit, and Chase Tree or Vitex are grown as ornamentals.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf Retention: Evergreen Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
TX Native Habitat:
Southwest United Sates into Mexico. Poor rocky soil to sandy loam. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Moist Conditions Comments:
Wooly Bee-brush is an attractive shrub
with an airy texture and long blooming season. May be elegantly pruned into a multi-trunk form. This plant may freeze down to ground 1 in 5 winters, but will re-sprout again the next spring. Seeds germinate easily and cuttings root well.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPC, MWJ