desert lavender Lamiaceae Hyptis
emoryi Torr. symbol: HYEM
Leaf: Opposite, simple, evergreen, ovate to deltoid in shape, to 1 1/2 inches in length; woolly-tomentose and gray-green or blue-green above and below; aromatic, with a scent similar to lavender.
Flower: Species is monoecious; light purple, borne singly or on spikes in the leaf axils; individual flowers to 1 inch; very aromatic.
Fruit: Small brown nutlets borne in husks.
Twig: Gray-brown and woolly-tomentose.
Form: A rounded straggling shrub with upright branches to 20 feet tall but more commonly to 10 feet.
Looks like: verbena
Additional Range Information: Hyptis emoryi is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting desert lavender.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)