|Scientific Name||Aloysia gratissima||USDA PLANTS Symbol||ALGR2|
|Common Name||Beebrush, Whitebrush||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||32132|
|Description||Habitat: Dry sandy, limestone or granitic soils, rocky slopes, outcrops, limestone bluffs, and dry washes.
Plant: Densely-branched shrub 3 to 9 feet tall, older branches gray, younger reddish with fine grayish-white pubescent hairs.
Leaves: Elliptic to oblanceolate 1/4 to 1 inch long and up to 1/4-inch wide on short petioles; leaf axils often with fascicles (bundles) of younger leaves; margins entire or with 1 to 4 teeth on each side; tips pointed or rounded.
Inflorescence: Many small white blossoms, each 1/8 to 3/16-inch wide in leafy panicles of many slender, elongated spike-like racemes, 3/4 to 2-1/2 inches long growing from leaf axils; 4-lobed corollas are white, sometimes with a purplish tinge.
Bloom Period: March to November.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and SEINet.
Note: Images 5391 and 5392 appear to be var. Schulzae because of the prominent single teeth on each edge of some leaves.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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