Pronounciation: Air-e-mo-FI-la pol-ee-CLA-da die-var-i-KAY-ta
Sunset 8, 9, 14-24
USDA 9-11 (arid and semi arid regions are best)
Landscape Use: Large informal accent shrub, screening plant, hummingbird gardens
Form & Character: Upright and cascading like a fountain, sprawling, loose, and informal.
Growth Habit: Evergreen semi-woody perennual, moderate after transplanting into the landscape. Once established, moderate to 6 to 10 feet in height with somewhat greater spread. Sparse to later full.
Foliage/Texture: Alternate arrangement, bright green simple, sessile linear leaves to 1 inch long on green stems, wirey; fine texture.
Flowers & Fruits: Light blue, axillary and tubular on short curved peduncle which holds 1 inch long flowers upright, profuse, reddish. Fruit inconspicuous.
Seasonal Color: Colorful light blue flowers in March and April.
Temperature: Hardy to 23oF
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Extremely salt and alkaline tolerant, needs good drainage.
Watering: Tolerates some aridity.
Pruning: Shear lightly in summer to fall if needed; otherwise mostly leave alone and control growth by regulating irrigation rates.
Propagation: Semi-hardwood cuttings root easily
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: This unique hybrid shrub definitely is 'free spirited'. It performs best if given ample space to 'do it's thing'. Attracts hummingbirds.