Trichostema lanatum or woolly blue curls is a branching evergreen shrub up to four feet tall and six feet wide, with narrow, 2” long leaves that emit a wonderfully pungent aroma when bruised. Foliage is shiny, dark green on top, white and woolly beneath with leaf edges rolled under. Blue flowers appear in clusters along a stalk and show arching stamens from April to June, longer if spent flowers are removed. Stalks and parts of flowers are covered with blue, pink or white wool giving an appearance of tight curls. Requires full sun, excellent drainage, and little or no irrigation once established. A temperamental native species in the garden, but worth the effort for its resinous scent alone. Hardy to 15F. Trichostema lanatum is available this week in two gallon containers.