Golden Valley Botanicals

Golden Valley Botanicals

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Dermatophyllum secundiflorum

Plant Type

Family

Common Names

Texas Mountain Laurel
Frijolito

Alternate Latin Names

Hardiness Zones

Plant Characteristics

Origin:

Mexico & Texas

Height:

10-25'

Width:

10-15'

Exposure:

Full Sun

Elevation:

Cold Hardiness:

5-10 F

Heat Tolerance:

Irrigation:

Growth Rate:

Bloom Color:

Violet-Blue

Bloom Time:

Early Spring
Foliage:

Evergreen

Toxicity Info:

Yes

Cultivation Notes

Texas Mountain Laurels are heat-loving hardy natives of the Chihuahuan Desert with gorgeous and fragrant violet-blue blossoms that fade to light purple or white as they age. These slow-growing trees also make them excellent shrubs or informal hedges with appropriate pruning, The flowers bloom in February or March, the reddish-orange seeds are considered toxic. Hardy around 5 F. Very popular with pollinators, some describe the fragrance of the flowers as similar to grape kool-aid.

Good drainage is essential for this plant to thrive. It needs low amounts of supplemental water once established. Irrigate by watering deeply and then allowing the top several inches of soil to dry between waterings. This encourages the plant to send roots deep into the earth in search of moisture, helping it to become established, prevent root rot, build drought tolerance, and resilience to heat and cold. The length of time between waterings will vary depending on your growing conditions and environment.