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Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.
Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora.
March 2, 2006.
Arrowhead Ranch, Glendale, Arizona.
Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.
Texas Mountain Laurel.
Calia secundiflora.
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Texas Mountain Laurel.
Calia secundiflora.
Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.
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Texas Mountain Laurel.
Calia secundiflora.
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Texas Mountain Laurel.
Calia secundiflora.
Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.
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Texas Mountain Laurel.
Calia secundiflora.
Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.Texas Mountain Laurel, Calia secundiflora. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo. Xeriscape Landscaping Plants For The Arizona Desert Environment. Pictures, Photos, Information, Descriptions, Images, & Reviews. Shrubs.
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Texas Mountain Laurel.
Calia secundiflora, Papilionaceae Family: ( Papilionaceae ) , Texas Mountain Laurel. Also Called: Sophora secundiflora, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, & Frijolillo.

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Calia secundiflora is a species of flowering shrub or small tree in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the southwestern United States (Texas, New Mexico) and Mexico (Chihuahua and Coahuila south to Hidalgo, Puebla and Quertaro).

Common names include Texas Mountain Laurel, Mescal Bean, Texas Mescalbean, Frijolito, and Frijolillo

The Texas Mountain Laurel (Calia secundiflora) is an evergreen spring-flowering shrub or small tree with glossy, evergreen leaves and beautiful purple wisteria - like blossoms smelling like grape Kool-aid. It is also known as Mescal Bean.

Texas Mountain Laurels usually reach a height of six to twelve feet, which allows them to fit well into a small garden.

They often produce multiple trunks, and over time grow into show-stopping specimens. Look carefully at the top photo and you can see the multiple trunk.

Texas Mountain Laurels are generally disease and pest-free. They tolerate Arizona alkaline well-drained soils.

Plant Texas Mountain Laurel in full sun or light shade. They can withstand West reflected sun.

Texas Mountain Laurels are not easily transplanted and should be handled carefully to avoid disturbing the root ball. once established, they thrive in the dry soil of Phoenix.

The Papilionaceae Family is made up of dicotyledonous plants characterized by their "butterfly-shaped" flowers, composed of a top petal, the "standard", followed by two opposing petals on the sides, the "wings", followed by a bottom petal, the "keel", in which the reproductive organs are situated.

Their fruits are pods The name comes from the Latin word, papilio (butterfly), after the shape of this family's flowers; it used to be in the Fabaceae, or pea and bean family.

We have noticed them being used in many parts of Mexico as outdoor decor.


Quick Notes:

Height: 15 - 25 feet tall, spread 5 to 15 feet.

Flowers: On a pendulous raceme up to 8 inches long. 1 - 2 inch long purple, "butterfly-shaped" flowers, composed of a top petal, followed by two opposing petals on the sides.

Blooming Time: Late February - March.

Seeds: Seeds contain a poison. There are about 5 orange to red seeds contained within a light brown or tan seed pod.

Leaves: Leaves are pinnately compound; 4 - 6 inches long, 3 1/2 inches wide, its leaflets are about 1 - 2 inches long; very glossy green on top but lighter underneath.

Found: The USDA claims Calia secundiflora is native of the USA (NM, TX). It is also native to Mexico in the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Mexico, Hidalgo, Puebla, & Queretaro.

Elevation: Native from 0 to 4,900 feet.

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Habitat: Alkaline, well-drained/light soils. An ideal xeriscape landscape plant in Arizona.

Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken March 2, 2006. Arrowhead Ranch, Glendale, Arizona. Water slightly in Phoenix. Honey bees and bumble bees are attracted to this plant.

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