Hyptis emoryi, commonly called Desert Lavender is a medium to tall cold tender perennial shrub found in the southwestern United States in Arizona, Nevada, California, and northwestern Mexico in Sonora and Baja California.
It is a multi-stemmed shrub reaching 15–18 ft in optimum locations. It has violet-blue flower. The flowers are profuse along the main stem and side branches and is aromatic, and attracts many native pollinators such as solitary bees. It is found in dry washes, and on rocky slopes, up to 3000 feet in elevation. It is evergreen or cold deciduous, depending on location.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9a through 11
Tortoise Friendly Enclosure/Habitat Shrub
Photo Credit: Stan Shebs