lavender flowers enclosed in chartreuse-colored bracts
summer to fall
12 to 18 in.
18 to 24 in.
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Hopflower oregano is a perennial flower with trailing stems. The dangling chartreuse, hop-like bracts enclose tiny lavender flowers in the summer. Later the bracts dry to a soft brown color and rustle in the wind.
This plant is very attractive when planted in a spot where it can drape over a wall or boulder.
This plant has been used in several different gardens at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It is a beautiful plant when placed at the edge of a retaining wall or boulder where it can cascade downward. When grown in a flat area, it sometimes looks floppy.
Cut the old plant material to ground level in the spring before new growth starts.