Thursday, October 23, 2008
Husband Kurt bought this plant over a year ago when it was about 6” tall, thinking it was kidneywood. It’s now a little over 5’ tall and around 4’ wide and generally resembles kidneywood photos I’ve found online, but it has purple flowers instead of white ones. Thanks to Annie at The Transplantable Rose, who, after spotting a very similar bush in the garden of Lee at The Grackle, says she heard other Austin garden bloggers conferring about Lee's bush. They suggested my strange purple “kidneywood” might actually be something from the dalea family.
I searched many dalea images and descriptions online and they just don’t quite seem to match my mystery bush. Whatever it is, it’s fast-growing and very drought-tolerant.