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Norm Schilling just got back from Belize and has some ideas for lush leaves in your desert yard. He reflects on some well suited plants to provide color and variety in this edition of Desert Bloom.



  • Lavender Cotton, Sautolina chamaeparissus
  • Tradescantia Padilla, Purple Heart
  • Twisted Myrtle, Myrtus communis boetica
  • Twisted Myrtle, Myrtus communis boetica
  • Callaeun Macroptera, common names Yellow Orchid Vine or Butterfly Vine. Protect this vine in cold winters by heaping 12 of mulch on the base of the plant. If it freezes it will grow back quickly from the base in spring.
  • Callaeun Macroptera, common names Yellow Orchid Vine or Butterfly Vine.
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