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Oreganillo, Wright's Beebrush

Aloysia wrightii

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
3-5' × 3-5'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season August-October
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 20-25F °F
Leaf Description Wrinkled, rounded leaves with an oregano fragrance
Fruit Two chambered nutlet (tiny, hard seeds)
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Elevation Range 1500-6000 ft.
Ethnobotany Used to treat headaches, rheumatism, distemper, and gonorrhea; also drunk as a tea. The leaves function well as a drought tolerant native alternative to European oregano.
Description Oreganillo is an open, airy plant with heavily aromatic foliage and spikes of white flowers. This species occurs throughout southern Arizona on well draining slopes above the low desert, as well as around the Grand Canyon. The heat and drought tolerance of this plant makes it suitable for harsh planting areas, though it will also tolerate light shade. The deciduous nature of this plant would seem to recommend interplanting with shrubs, trees, and/or succulents with year round visual interest i.e. hopseed bush (Dodonaea viscosa), banana yucca (Yucca baccata), or fragrant bee bush (Aloysia gratissima).