Mountain Laurel, Texas Style

Even though it was 91 degrees (F.) the first day we were in Austin, there weren’t many plants blooming. One exception was this blue-violet flowering shrub:

Texas Mountain Laurel

I was very surprised to find out the name, Texas mountain laurel or Sophora secundiflora. Quite different from the Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) up north. . . .

Mountain Laurel

Although the plants look completely different, they share a characteristic: both are poisonous!

Great weekend, everyone. . . .

{carole}

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14 Responses to Mountain Laurel, Texas Style

  1. autumninbruges says:

    Lovely pics

  2. 91 degrees! How did your body not go into shock?

    • It was pretty strange! Luckily we had looked at the forecast and brought warm-weather clothes. It was so nice to be outdoors and warm at night, though.
      The weather turned cooler the next day, so it all worked out.

  3. Caroline says:

    These are lovely, I thought it was lilac at first. We had a really hot day today. Two weeks a ago we still had minus15°C and to day almost + 20°. It’s weird.

  4. Those flowers are so beautiful. Do you know the name of the first flower? It’s so beautiful.

  5. Jackie Cangro says:

    I would have never guessed that both of these flowers go by a common name. They’re so different. My preference is the blue-violet flower in the first pic. The color is so vibrant.

  6. A J says:

    How beautiful they are..

  7. Lady Jennie says:

    Is the bottom one the laurel from up North? I like the blue one better.

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