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Bee Brush, Aloysia gratissima.

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Bee Brush, Aloysia gratissima. Also Called: Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, White - Brush, Beebrush, Jazminillo, Chaparro Blanco, Privet Lippia, Tronsco, Cedron Whitebrush, Palo Amarillo, Poleo, Azahar del Campo, Cedrón del Monte, Niñarupá, Resedá del Campo, Arrayán del Campo, Usillo, Niño Rupá, Angel, Favorita, Jazminillo, Oreganillo, Romerillo, Vara-dulce, Hierba de la Princesa.
Photos Taken: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.
Bee Brush, Aloysia gratissima.
Photos Taken: May 13, 2008.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Near Superior, Arizona.
Bee Brush, Aloysia gratissima. Also Called: Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, White - Brush, Beebrush, Jazminillo, Chaparro Blanco, Privet Lippia, Tronsco, Cedron Whitebrush, Palo Amarillo, Poleo, Azahar del Campo, Cedrón del Monte, Niñarupá, Resedá del Campo, Arrayán del Campo, Usillo, Niño Rupá, Angel, Favorita, Jazminillo, Oreganillo, Romerillo, Vara-dulce, Hierba de la Princesa.
Photos Taken: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.
Bee Brush, Aloysia gratissima.
Photos Taken: May 13, 2008.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Near Superior, Arizona.
Bee Brush, Aloysia gratissima. Also Called: Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, White - Brush, Beebrush, Jazminillo, Chaparro Blanco, Privet Lippia, Tronsco, Cedron Whitebrush, Palo Amarillo, Poleo, Azahar del Campo, Cedrón del Monte, Niñarupá, Resedá del Campo, Arrayán del Campo, Usillo, Niño Rupá, Angel, Favorita, Jazminillo, Oreganillo, Romerillo, Vara-dulce, Hierba de la Princesa.
Photos Taken: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.Bee Brush, Aloysia gratissima. Also Called: Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, White - Brush, Beebrush, Jazminillo, Chaparro Blanco, Privet Lippia, Tronsco, Cedron Whitebrush, Palo Amarillo, Poleo, Azahar del Campo, Cedrón del Monte, Niñarupá, Resedá del Campo, Arrayán del Campo, Usillo, Niño Rupá, Angel, Favorita, Jazminillo, Oreganillo, Romerillo, Vara-dulce, Hierba de la Princesa.
Photos Taken: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment.  Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.
Bee Brush, Aloysia gratissimaBee Brush, Aloysia gratissima

Bee Brush.
Aloysia gratissima, Verbena Family: ( Verbenaceae ), Bee Brush: Also called; Aloysia lycioides, Whitebrush, White - Brush, Beebrush, Jazminillo, Chaparro Blanco, Privet Lippia, Tronsco, Cedron Whitebrush, Palo Amarillo, Poleo, Azahar del Campo, Cedrón del Monte, Niñarupá, Resedá del Campo, Arrayán del Campo, Usillo, Niño Rupá, Angel, Favorita, Jazminillo, Oreganillo, Romerillo, Vara-dulce, Hierba de la Princesa.

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Bee Brush is a fragrant slender erect evergreen shrub growing to about 6 feet with 6 foot spread. It can grow to a height of about 10 feet.

It has squarish stems which are generally with a light gray bark and branches sometimes bearing sharp tips.

Its fragrant leaves are silvery green and coarse textured, up to about 1 inch long by 5/16 inch wide, but often smaller, usually in clusters along the stems.

From March to November its small white flowers are crowded upon spikes about 1 to 3 inches long which have a strong vanilla smell. Its flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees.

It is toxic to horses, mules and burros. Hardy to 15F degrees.

It can be considered invasive in some areas.


Quick Notes:

Height: Up to 5 or 6 feet tall and 5 or 6 feet wide. It can grow to a height of about 10 feet.

Flowers: White or violet - tinged flowers; with yellow throats, on loose 1 to 3 inche long spikes. They have a strong vanilla scent.

Flowering Time: March to November.

Leaves: The 1 inch long by 5/16 inch wideleaves are silvery green and coarse textured.

Found: Native to the Chihuahuan Desert, Southwestern US (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas), and Mexico, South America to Uruguay and Argentina. The USDA claims it is native to the USA (AZ, NM, TX). In Arizona it is native to Pima, & Santa Cruz counties. In mexico it is in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, & Zacatecas.

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Elevation: Naturally found between 0 to 4,800 feet.

Habitat: Well-drained soils. Sandy desert soils, hot, sunny areas.

Miscellaneous: Photos Taken: Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Near Superior, Arizona. May 13, 2008.

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