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Monday - July 17, 2006

From: Brackettville, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Shrubs
Title: Moisture as trigger for Cenizo bloom
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Does the cenizo bloom because it has had water on its leaves and stems?

ANSWER:

Cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens) does bloom in response to rain. According to Sally and Andy Wasowski in Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region By Region, cenizo has its major bloom in the fall but will also respond to spring and summer rains by blooming. Uptake by the roots of the rainwater is more likely the trigger for blooming than the rain falling on leaves and stems.

 

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