Do not adjust your view screen. Set the controls to dreamy, hazy, 'draizy'. Let everything become warm and fuzzy. Yes its true, the ever elusive Trichostema lanatum has been caught on camera. Trichostema lanatum otherwise known as the California native shrub Woolly Blue Curls is a rare find. It's like the Sasquatch or Lochness monster of the plant world. In other words you don't see it too often which makes it kinda special. It can be found growing on the dry, sunny slopes of California Coast Ranges. If you're into California natives and you're lookin' for something that is drought tolerant here is your winner. It's one of those few drought tolerant plants that wants NO irrigation. I repeat NO irrigation. Woolly here, can be a bit of a diva. Everything needs to be just right. Here's what the rider states....1. Perfect drainage. 2. Full sun 3. Never allow it to sit in standing water 4. Keep out of heavy rain 5. Green M & M's only (not really but you get the picture).
If you give it exactly what it wants this shrub will give you gorgeously dreamy stalks clustered with woolly blueish purple flowers on arching stems in spring through early fall. The hummers and bees will thank you. Added bonus...when its foliage is crushed it releases a woodsy essence of cedar. A smell that is very California. This shrub grows anywhere from 3 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide. So how about it? Up for a challenge? If so, crank up the speakers, put on some Eagles "Hotel California", and mellow to the vibe of Woolly Blue Curls in your garden. Want to find it? Check out places like Theodore Payne.