From the first tinge of lavender-pink it takes another couple of days for full bloom which arrived today -- just in time for Wildflower Wednesday.
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Native to South Texas and down into Mexico, these are 'Silverado' variety. The true natives are a bit scrawny and sporadic for a neighborhood landscape. While there were a few of those in our original landscape, they were removed over time and replaced by this fuller commercially grown version with intense flower color contrasted with gray-green foliage. Despite common names which include Texas Sage, it's not a true sage which means it is not in genus Salvia.
Still close enough to the original to be a Wildflower Wednesday pick. Shrubs can be wildflowers too.
Morning sun brings out more vibrant color
As soon as the blooms are out the bees get busy since the blooms only last a few days.
Even with its rare bloom, this reminds me why I chose to plant Leucophyllum frutescens along the driveway.
Wildflower Wednesday is hosted by Gail at Clay and Limestone on the fourth Wednesday of each month.