Of the hundreds of wildflower species that grow along the Maricopa Trail, Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi) perfumes the landscape with tiny violet flower clusters that attract pollinators. The native plant is found throughout the Sonoran Desert, favoring rocky outcroppings, washes and bajadas. The perennial shrub has woolly, gray-green, mint-scented leaves and can grow to 15 feet in height where water is plentiful but average 6-8 feet.
BLOOMS: Spring - Fall
ELEVATION RANGE: up to 3000 feet
PHOTO: Maricopa Trail near Lake Pleasant