low to moderate
mid summer to fall
12 to 18 in.
12 to 15 in.
New Mexico, Texas, northern Mexico
full sun to part shade
USDA zones 5-9
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Sonoran Sunset is a selection of a native perennial flower that grows in New Mexico and Texas. It is wonderfully adapted to hot, dry locations.
The leaves are intensely fragrant and has large deep pink flowers on a compact plant. This is an excellent plant to attract hummingbirds and hawk moths to your yard.
Compared to many other hyssops, Sonoran Sunset has showier flowers. It blooms longer and earlier, too.
At the Xeriscape Garden, we've tested Sonoran Sunset in a variety of locations. It grows well in hot, sunny sites on the south side of the building. It has also done well in part shade locations, too.
Although some plants have died after transplanting, it has such beautiful flowers that attract hummingbirds and hawk moths that it's worth losing a few plants to get several established.
Sonoran Sunset hyssop has survived the winter much better when we've cut it back in spring rather than in fall.
Don't cut back in fall. To increase the chance of winter survival, cut dead stems to ground level only in early spring after new leaves have appeared at base of plant.