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Trichostema lanatum (Woolly bluecurls)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Trichostema lanatum

Trichostema lanatum Benth.

Woolly Bluecurls, Romero

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)


USDA Symbol: TRLA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A much-branched, 3-4 ft. evergreen shrub with narrow, aromatic leaves and royal-blue flowers in 12 in., fuzzy spikes.

Deer may browse this plant in bad years.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: CA Coastal Ranges from Monterey & San Benito Cos. to Orange & San Diego Cos., south into Baja California
Native Habitat: Dry slopes & chaparral below 3500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Deer may browse this in bad years.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Easily propagated from stem cuttings. Seed is difficult.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Trichostema lanatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Trichostema lanatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Trichostema lanatum


Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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