Monthly Archives: March 2011

Mesquite ~ The Wonder Tree

Mesquites are so common in West Texas we may, perhaps be forgiven for failing to appreciate them. But they are, indeed, remarkable. The Pima Indians knew the tree as the “Tree of Life.” Interestingly, the people of Bahrain still describe … Continue reading

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Candelilla ~ The Small Plant with a World of Uses

Ever worn any makeup? Used something for chapped lips? Polished your shoes? Chewed gum? If so, you’ve probably used a natural product of the Chihuahuan desert, Candelilla wax. Candelilla wax comes from the Candelilla plant, a small succulent that grows … Continue reading

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The Texas Bluebonnets

Every state in the Union has a “state flower.” Louisiana has two, a state flower and a state wildflower, but Texas has five. Why is that? In 1901 the Texas Legislature determined to choose a state flower. During the debates … Continue reading

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