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Vara Dulce, Sweet-stem, Wooly Beebrush
Aloysia macrostachya


Vara Dulce has fragrant purple flower spikes from spring through fall. Its leaves are larger and more hairy than those of whitebrush (A. gratissima) and have a strong scent reminiscent of thyme or oregano when crushed. In Texas it grows only in the Rio Grande Plains, on rocky hillsides and dry arroyos. It is a tall, erect shrub with many branches, sometimes growing as high as 12 feet. Like the other two Texas native Aloysias, the flowers are a favorite of bees and butterflies. Vara dulce could be used as an informal hedge or as a speciman in poor, dry, well-drained soils. It is root hardy as far north as Austin.

Plant Habit or Use: large shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: blue - purple

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small drupe with 2 nutlets

Height: to 12 feet

Width: to 10 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: neutral

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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