Thursday, August 5, 2010

"Texas Ranger, the Barometer Bush

In the last week, Tucson has been decked out in regal splendor with the flowering of Texas Ranger bushes. When this bush blooms it produces masses of fragrant flowers that vary from pink to purple and blue to white, with the color intensifying when temperatures and humidity are high. Sometimes the Texas Ranger is referred to as the “barometer bush” for its ability to forecast rainfall. Many times, the Texas ranger will bloom right before it rains or 10 days following hard rains,which we had a couple of weeks ago with the monsoons.

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