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Firecracker Penstemon
Moss Verbena Edith
Texas Mountain Laurel
Firecracker Penstemon

Common name:Firecracker Penstemon
Botanical name:Penstemon eatonii

This perennial grows at a moderate rate to 1' x 1-1/2'. Bright green leaves form a rosette at the base of the plant. Scarlet spikes of flowers appear late winter to spring. Reseeds easily. Plant in fall for spring flowers. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Accepts full sun to partial shade. Native to the southwest U.S. and Mexico. Similar to Penstemon barbatus but eatonii is earlier and more compact.

Moss Verbena Edith

Common name:Moss Verbena Edith
Botanical name:Verbena pulchella 'Edith'

This outproduces the others in the low desert summer and winter. Fine textured; forms a spreading low mound of bright green foliage 8" x 5'. Will take full sun, moderate grower, trim in late winter to remove any frost damaged foliage.

Texas Mountain Laurel

Common name:Texas Mountain Laurel
Botanical name:Sophora secundiflora

Large evergreen shrub or small tree grows slowly to 8' x 6'. Dense glossy foliage. Large purple clusters of wisteria like flowers appear in spring and smell like grape bubblebum. Light tan pods follow blooms and contain bright red seeds. Seeds are poisonous but extremely hard. Thornless & drops very little leaf litter. Susc. to caterpillars. Lush looking. Native to Chihuahuan Desert.

Designer: Paul Connelly

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Photographer: Robin Stancliff

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