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Bauhinia lunarioides

 
Bauhinia lunarioides
Anacacho orchid
Bauhinia lunarioides

Common name Anacacho orchid
Family fabaceae
Life cycle tree (Z8-11)
Flowers white or pale pink (spring)
Size 8-12'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well-drained soil; drought tolerant

Shrub or small tree producing fragrant orchid-shaped pale pink or white flowers over a long season. The curiously shaped leaves, consisting of pairs of leaflets, add to its charm, as does its silvery gray bark. The nectar attracts bees and butterflies. Ours bloomed tentatively in its second year in the garden, and more robustly the third, even though it hadn't grown much in stature. Native to western Texas and northeastern Mexico.

Anacacho orchid
I was a little concerned over its survival in the freeze of January 2018, but it reassured me with new growth in mid-February
Bauhinia lunarioides
Anacacho orchid
Poor tree – holding up not only itself, but also a heavy passion vine. I enjoyed the juxtaposition, but relieved the tree from the latter load a couple weeks later.
Bauhinia lunarioides
Curiously shaped seed pods, late April

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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