Friday, July 25, 2014

Crepe myrtle

Here is an interesting titbit from "southern living" about this beautiful tree...
The vaunted crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) arrived in England from its native China in 1759. It impressed very few people, though, because it refused to bloom. England just wasn’t hot enough. However, the American South was. So when plant explorer and botanist to King Louis XVI AndrĂ© Michaux introduced this tree into Charleston around 1786, it celebrated like an innocent prisoner released from jail.

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