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Oreganillo, High-mass, Alta Misa, Vara Dulce, Wright's Lippia
Aloysia wrightii


Oreganillo's small, richly textured leaves are crinkled above, hairy beneath, and toothed on the margins. Like beebrush (A. gratissima), its fragrant white flower spikes occur from spring to fall. When the leaves are crushed they smell similar to oregano, and have been used as a replacement for it by people in its native region. A small shrub to about 5 feet high, oreganillo grows in the Trans-Pecos on dry, rocky slopes, mountains, and arroyos, west to California and from New Mexico to Mexico. Its cultural requirements and distribution are similar to those of bee-brush.

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small drupe with 2 nutlets

Height: to 5 feet

Width: to 5 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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