Is the purple Texas Sage edible? Eating a Texas Ranger Plant

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Can you eat purple sage, Texas Sage?  This perennial evergreen shrub with grayish leaves with purple flowers is actually not sage at all. This popular bush goes by the name Silverleaf, Texas Ranger Plant, Thunder Cloud or most commonly Purple Texas Sage. … Continue reading

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Drought Tolerant shrubs with Orange, Red and Yellow Flowers

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The flowers on the Red, Yellow and Mexican Bird of Paradise bushes are thriving in the sweltering heat.  Vivid energetic colors of this drought tolerant shrub are sure to catch the eye of any passer-by. This is one of our favorite desert … Continue reading

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Asparagus Fern is my # 8 in the top Ten heat resistant plants

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Introducing the dramatic Asparagus densiflorus.  Even when southern Arizona reaches temperatures above 100 degrees the asparagus fern thrives!  Our desert garden has a subtropical ambience thanks to the ornate asparagus fern. This customary name is somewhat deceiving because the asparagus fern … Continue reading

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Sage bushes with Purple Flowers bring life to the desert!

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It is difficult to imagine that a flowering plant can thrive in hot desert temperatures; but, these vibrant purple sage bushes love the heat! Also known as Texas Ranger Plants, these lavender flowers fill the sage bushes that adorn the … Continue reading

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Bean pods on bushes with orange, yellow and red flowers – Growing tips

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Using bean pods to grow your bird of paradise plants is uncomplicated and well worth the effort. Caesalpinia pulcherrima, Red Bird of Paradise, is a species of flowering plant in the Fabaceae, pea family. Other common names are Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Mexican Bird of … Continue reading

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Purple, Yellow, and Red Lantana are some of the best drought resistant plants

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Lantana is the best heat resistant plant that can add a punch of color to any flower bed. Lantana flowers come in a variety of orange, white, pink, yellow, purple, red and bi-color options. These hardy plants are native to … Continue reading

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Mandevilla on a Trellis – Arizona Desert Garden

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The MANDEVILLA vine is growing well.  This Mandevilla plant is native to Central and South America – named after Henry Mandeville (1773-1861), a British diplomat and gardener. Mandevilla, also known as Brazilian jasmine, Dipladenia,  is a flowering tropical plant that originated … Continue reading

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