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Fragrant Bee Bush

Aloysia gratissima

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies, moths
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
6-10 × 4-6
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-September
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 15 °F
Leaf Description Small, rounded, dark green, borne in fascicles (clusters)
Fruit A spike of individual capsules which split open
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Elevation Range 3000-4000 ft.
Ethnobotany Used topically to treat wounds in South America.
Description Fragrant bee bush is an upright, multi branched shrub with dark green leaves. Spikes of vanilla scented white flowers appear in spring and fall and are followed by seed which attract birds such as finches and verdins. In Arizona this plant is only found in Pima and Santa Cruz Counties typically on well draining slopes. This plant works well as a centerpiece for a pollinator garden, or as an informal hedging shrub. It could also be utilized to line a pathway or patio where its floral fragrance can be enjoyed, along with the pollinators and birds who will visit the plant.