Uncommon in the nursery trade, this aromatic, evergreen shrub is native to dry habitats of chaparral and mixed evergreen forest plant communities in North and Central California and into Oregon. An opportunist, this shrub stump sprouts after fires and grows with renewed vigor after any soil disturbance. The dark green, leathery leaves are covered in a shiny, fragrant, resin and are sticky to touch. The common name means, holy herb, and the pungent leaves have a long history of medicinal uses. Grows 3 - 5 ft. tall and spreads by underground roots to form a colony. Late spring brings clusters of small, trumpet-shaped flowers of pale lavender, sometimes white or pale blue, which are highly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Plant in full sun with good drainage and little water once established. Deer resistant.
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