Southern Live Oak – Quercus virginiana

Southern Live Oak is one of the few large evergreen shade trees for our hot, arid region. This broad and stately tree grows faster than most of the notoriously slow Oaks, and tolerates more soil moisture than other desert adapted trees. Once established, it will also accept periods of drought, which means that Southern Live…

Snail Vine – Vigna caracalla

This bean-relative has foliage similar to that of peas and beans, but a far more interesting and unusual blossom. Snail Vine’s flower has curled keel petals, not unlike a snail shell. Young blossoms start out a bright white, eventually darkening to a lilac shade of purple. Flowers are followed by a pea-like pod. Thin, delicate…