Desert willow: Chilopsis linearis

Native Plant of the Month: Desert willow

Desert willow, (Chilopsis linearis), is an attractive, large deciduous shrub that also can be grown as a single-or multi-trunk tree. Native to the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico, it gets its name from its willow-like leaves, but it is most popular for its fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers of white, lavender or pink, which bloom in May and keep flourishing into September. A magnet for hummingbirds, caterpillars and bees, this is a fast- growing plant that will tolerate any soil condition and is particularly striking near decks or patios.