A fabulous addition to any water-wise garden because they are beautiful and tough as nails. The soft, gray green foliage is the perfect backdrop for the blue-violet flowers the bloom off and on all summer. Naturally rounded form requires little or no pruning. Loves the heat, even reflected heat and a west-facing wall.
Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other beneficial insects
Provides a beautiful display of blue-violet flowers
Provides nesting sites for birds and cover for other wildlife
Easy to grow and very low maintenance
Drought tolerant once established
Native to the Chihuahuan desert from 0 - 3,800 feet. Grows in sandy desert soils, hot, sunny areas, good drainage.
There are eighteen different species of hummingbirds found in the deserts and mountains of southeast Arizona, more than any other state except Texas. While some of these species are quite common, others are only fleeting visitors from Mexico.
Allowed to grow naturally, plants take on an informal appearance. Controlling growth by trimming creates a more dense, hedgelike appearance, but usually results in fewer flowers and higher water use. Prune lightly in fall after the flowering season has finished to maintain the plant’s form and for a more natural but controlled effect.