This is it, the plant that first got me interested in California natives. It has a striking blossom, and a scent that is unbelievable. A specimen was collected on the Eagle Rock side of the south slope in 1927, but I can find no mention of it in or around the Canyon since.
Trichostema lanatum has a well-deserved reputation for being difficult in cultivation. I failed with several tries when I lived in Silverlake, and finally got one to thrive just before I moved to the Canyon. I took cuttings from it and got them to root, but they did not take here. About a month ago I was able to score three specimens from Rancho Santa Ana. So far they seem happy in their new home, but we’ll see. Photo 2/17/12