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Texas mountain laurel with dense flowers

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Texas Mountain Laurel Flowering 9616

On February 25th, 2013, I photographed a Texas mountain laurel, Sophora secundiflora, that was blossoming its head off. This is the bush whose flowers some people say smell like grape Kool-Aid.

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I’m still away from home. I welcome your comments, but please understand if I’m slow in responding from the other side of the world.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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  1. Wow, it sure looks like your laurel is hardy.

    Mike Powell

    February 25, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    • As is often the case with common botanical names, this one is misleading, because the plant isn’t a laurel but a member of the bean family. By coincidence, I saw a native New Zealand species of Sophora a few days ago.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 25, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      • Did you miss Mike’s joke?

        Steve Gingold

        February 25, 2015 at 5:58 PM

        • I’ll plead guilty to missing such an obvious (and clever) reference. Blame it on the difference in time zone—and to two weeks of driving on the wrong side of the street.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 25, 2015 at 11:31 PM

  2. A new one on me! The racemes look very similar to those of a wisteria and the colour too. Any relationship? Or perhaps to the Jacaranda tree? Sure is a beauty 🙂

    Heyjude

    February 25, 2015 at 7:15 AM

    • Happy new, Jude. I see that jacaranda is in the Bignoniaceae, but wisteria is indeed in the same Fabaceae family as the Texas mountain laurel.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 25, 2015 at 12:31 PM

      • That’s interesting. Now to find out how to grow a Texas mountain laurel when not in Texas 😀 or indeed on a mountain!

        Heyjude

        February 25, 2015 at 12:51 PM

  3. So pretty! It will be nice to grow this tree someday! Does it set seeds easily?

    myfoodandflowers

    February 25, 2015 at 12:16 PM

  4. Such a gorgeous specimen. First thought is the panicles look a little like those found on wisteria…I am off to the internet to get more information.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    February 25, 2015 at 4:33 PM

  5. Like Charlie, my first impression was that this reminded of Wisteria. Super lushitudiness.

    Steve Gingold

    February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM

  6. Gorgeous. Great colors and contrast. I love the mix of purple and green against this solid blue, the composition works well. Lovely and I would like to smell flowers that smell like grape Kool-Aid!

    eLPy

    February 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    • Colors and composition I can give you, but we’re still short of a way to convey scents over the Internet. Some people find the scent of these flowers cloying, while others think they smell wonderful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 25, 2015 at 11:23 PM


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