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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Semi-evergreen. Slender-stemmed aromatic shrub distinguished by its grayish-green and opposite leaves with round-toothed margins, white tangled hairs on the lower leaf surface, and strong veins above, as well as by the terminal, densely-hairy spikes of flowers.
Identification notes: Aromatic shrub diffusely branched; small grayish-green opposite and round toothed leaves; small flowers in slender, elongated spikes in axillary spikes.
Height: 4 to 6 feet     Width: 4 to 6 feet


Habitat Description: Found on rocky slopes and in ravines, often on limestone.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 1500 - 6000 feet


Color: White   Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters    Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Aug - Oct
Description: Tiny flowers less than 1/10 inch long, covered with downy hairs. 4 to 5 lobes per flower, rounded, upper 2 lobes are larger. Flowers are borne on branched elongated clusters that are 1 to 2 inches long.


Leaf Color: Green to gray   Type: Simple   Shape: Round or oval   Margin: Toothed   Attachment: Opposite   Hairs: Bottom of leaves
Description: Leaves are often crowded, rounded to oval, 1/10 to 6/10 inch long, lower surface of leaf is densely hairy.


Color: Brown   Type: Nut or nut-like   Description: 2 nutlets per flower, tiny, much less than 1/16 inch in size.


Bark Color: Brown to light brown   Bark Texture (Mature): Shreddy or peeling   Bark and Branch Description: Many branches, twigs brown, angles white, stems are yellow and along with the branches densely hairy. Bark is thin, membranous, peeling in strips at maturity.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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