|Common Name(s):||Woolly Blue Curls|
|Scientific Name:||Trichostema lanatum|
|Size:||shrub, 2 to 5 feet high|
|Habitat:|| chaparral, coastal sage scrub|
|Blooms:||February to June|
One of my personal favorites, Woolly Blue Curls' floral display is both visually stunning and soft to the touch. Interesting-looking purple flowers form alternately on the ends of its stalks. Tiny white hairs cover the various parts of this plant and clearly contribute to its naming, including its scientific names: Trichostema means having hair-like stamens, and lanatum means woolly.
Woolly Blue Curls blooms from March to August. The color of the flowers ranges from deep purple, through blues and pinks to off-white. Look at the blooms close-up and you will see the variation in coloring in the different flower parts.
Hummingbirds and bumblebees feast on the pollen. The shiny, aromatic, narrow green leaves are a welcome sight in the browning landscape of Southern California summers.
Contributed by Liz Baumann
Roadside Plants of Southern California
, by Thomas J. Belzer
California Native Plants for the Garden
, by Carol Bornstein, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien
California Herbal Remedies
, by LoLo Westrich
Other Similar Plants:
Vinegar Weed Trichostema lanceolatum
Crimson Pitcher Sage Salvia spathacea
Hedge Nettle Stachys bullata
White Sage Salvia apiana
Purple Sage Salvia leucophylla
Black Sage Salvia mellifera
Chia, Golden Chia Salvia columbariae
Pitcher Sage Lepechinia fragrans
White Hedge Nettle Stachys albens
Skull Caps Scutellaria tuberosa
Originally featured: July 2006
Last modified: October 14 2017 16:34:00.
Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains, by Milt McAuley
Flowering Plants: The Santa Monica Mountains, Coastal and Chaparral Regions of Southern California, by Nancy Dale
Botanical Terms for Leaves