Lippia graveolens, Mexican Oregano
Scientific Name: Lippia graveolens
Common Name: Mexican Oregano
Also Called: Orègano Cimmaron, Redbrush Lippia, Scented Lippia, Scented Matgrass (Spanish: Burro Mariola, Romerillo del Monte, Orègano, Orègano del Burro)
Family: Verbenaceae, Verbena or Vervain Family
Size: Up to 8 feet or more.
Growth Form: shrub;
Leaves: Green; relatively small, oblong.
Flower Color: White or yellowish; flowers small but showy;
Flowering Season: March to November in Texas; throughout the year in Mexico with sufficient rainfall.
Elevation: 0 to 1,200 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Flat desert areas, chaparral communities, slopes and hillsides.
Recorded Range: Lippia graveolens is rare in the United States. It is found only in Texas and reported to be in New Mexico which might be too cold to over-winter. It is also found throughout Mexico.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Lippia graveolens.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah have 0 species of Lippia, New Mexico has 1 species and Texas has 2 species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
Comments: Lippia graveolens is a semi-tropical plant from Mexico extending into the United States in the extreme southern tip of Texas. It is marginally in New Mexico if at all. The flower are regularly visited by butterflies, bees and other insects. Birds are known to eat the seeds.
As with many members of the Verbena Family, Lippia graveolens also contains essential oil.