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Parish's Bluecurls
Trichostema parishii
About Parish's Bluecurls (Trichostema parishii) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Trichostema parishii is a species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name Parish's bluecurls. It is native to the Transverse Ranges and Peninsular Ranges of southern California and south into Baja California. Its habitat includes chaparral and coastal sage scrub. It grows at 600-2,000 metres (2,000-6,600 ft) in elevation. Trichostema parishii is a shrub that grows to a maximum height around 12 decimetres (3. 9 ft). Its aromatic herbage coated in short glandular and nonglandular hairs. The linear leaves are up to 6 centimeters long. Their edges curl under, and they are hairy, especially on the undersides. A cluster of smaller leaves may occur in the axils of each main leaf. The inflorescence is a long cyme of flowers growing from the stem between each leaf pair. The inflorescence is coated in fluffy, woolly hairs in shades of blue, pink and purple. Each flower has a hairy calyx of pointed sepals and a tubular, lipped purple corolla, the main lower lip measuring up to a centimeter in length. The four stamens are long and curved, measuring up to 2. 5 centimeters long. Its bloom period is from March to May.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

2 - 4 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 5 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 3, 7*, 9, 10, 14, 15*, 16*, 17, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry open disturbed habitats

Annual Precipitation: 5.6" - 52.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 2.83", Coldest Month: 30.5" - 57.6", Hottest Month: 57.1" - 86.2", Humidity: 1.45" - 37.09", Elevation: 319" - 8715"

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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