Hyptis emoryi Torr.
Desert lavender, a member of the mint family, is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, found at elevations below 3000' (914 m). It is a perennial, but it drops its leaves if it is too cold.
Identification: This shrub has multiple gray stems that are square in cross-section, and is 6-15' (1.8-4.6 m) high. Leaves are oval, up to 2½" (6.3 cm) × 1" (2.5 cm), feltlike, covered with fine hairs that make them look gray-green, with fine-toothed edges. When crushed, the leaves have a strong smell of lavender or sage with a touch of honey. Flowers are lavender-colored or sometimes a brighter violet. Individual flowers are ½-1" (1.3-2.5 cm) around, with five petals. They occur in clusters.
Hyptis emoryi at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Hyptis emoryi at George and Audrey DeLange's Arizona wildflower site
Hyptis emoryi at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Hyptis emoryi on Desert-tropicals.com
Hyptis emoryi on CalPhotos
Hyptis emoryi on the Plant List at AZArboretum.org
Hyptis emoryi on Wikimedia Commons
Hyptis emoryi from the Jepson Manual
Hyptis emoryi description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 8-10: