Texas mountain laurel
Texas Mountain Laurel
Shiny evergreen leaves and drooping clusters of lavender flowers make Texas mountain laurel popular in warm regions. Commonly grown as a shrub, it also can be pruned into a small tree. Its lush purple flowers have a strong grapelike fragrance that permeates the area around the plant. Some people find the fragrance overwhelming. To be cautious, plant Texas mountain laurel several feet from an entryway or window. It thrives in a variety of soils and is drought-tolerant. When in blooms in spring, it attracts butterflies.