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Desert Lavender

Condea emoryi

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1 gallon; 5 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Local Native

Water needs:



Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun



Flower color:

Flower season:




To shape




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Nighttime pollinators:


Rabbit resistant:


This evergreen, upright desert shrub is native to the hot dry slopes of the Sonoran Desert at elevations up to 3000 feet. The powder gray foliage contrasts well with clusters of violet-purple flowers that occur from spring through fall. The opposite leaves have coarsely toothed margins and a sage-like fragrance. Although drought tolerant once established, growth and flowering will be enhanced by supplemental water. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Some pruning may be required to maintain a compact habit.

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 


Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.


Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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