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Thursday - June 10, 2010

From: Waco, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Drought Tolerant
Title: What is a cyme-bearing plant for Waco, TX?
Answered by: Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

I need a wildflower or drought tolerant perennial example of the inflorescence type 'cyme' to plant in a school garden in Waco, TX.

ANSWER:

"Cyme" is a catch-all term for several similar inflorescence types.  An example of a native plant from your area which bears a scorpioid cyme or cincinnus is Phacelia corymbosa (serpentine phacelia) or Blue Curls.  Once established, it should perform well in your garden.

 

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