Aloysia macrostachya (Torr.) Moldenke
Rio Grande Beebrush, Woolly Bee-brush
Verbenaceae (Verbena Family)
USDA Symbol: ALMA9
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous , Evergreen
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: 6-12'
Size Class: 6-12 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Native Habitat: Southwest United Sates into Mexico. Poor rocky soil to sandy loam.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Heat Tolerant: yes
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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Aloysia macrostachya in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aloysia macrostachya in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aloysia macrostachya
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: NPC, MWJ