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Beebrush, Jazminillo, White-brush, Hierba de la Princesa, Chaparro Blanco
Aloysia gratissima


Whitebrush is a slender, densely-branched shrub that grows on grasslands, rocky slopes and limestone bluffs in the Trans-Pecos, Edwards Plateau, and Rio Grande Plains. It flowers from March to November, especially after rains, with vanilla-scented white flower spikes that are very attractive to bees, who make a delicious honey from the nectar. Whitebrush can be aggressive, forming thickets, especially on disturbed ground; this provides an important protective cover for wildlife but makes it unpopular with ranchers. Drought tolerant, it grows on poor soils in full sun; it can adapt to richer soil (even poorly drained) and shade, but will flower best in full sun. In the landscape it can be used as an informal hedge or screen or as background for accent plants. Its strongly scented flowers would make it attractive planted near a walkway. It is toxic to horses, mules and burros.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub
large shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: small drupe with 2 nutlets

Height: 3 to 10 feet

Width: 3 to 10 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8

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