Desert Willow

Desert WillowChilopsis linearis (Cav.) Sweet ssp. linearis

Whole plant

Family : Bignoniaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Warm

Desert Willow can be found in canyons and along dry creek beds of the Edwards Plateau. It is a shrub or small tree reaching a height of 30 feet. The leaves are narrow and 1-5 inches in length. The flower is pink to purple with a white, yellow or purple-streaked throat. Desert Willow has been used as an ornamental, fence posts, fuel and baskets have been woven from the twigs. The winged seeds are eaten by birds and the pollen is used by bees for honey. Livestock browse this plant, but only when stressed.

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