Rue of the Mountains

Thamnosma texana

Creating a pollinator garden in the low desert region can be a rewarding experience for both gardeners and wildlife. One plant species that can thrive in this area is Thamnosma texana, commonly known as Dutchman’s Breeches and Texas Desert-rue. This plant has a unique fragrance and can attract a variety of pollinators.

By incorporating Thamnosma texana into your low desert pollinator garden, you can help support the local ecosystem and enjoy the beauty and fragrance of this unique plant species.

Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Status: Native
Origin: Western and Southwestern United States
Family: Rutaceae (Citrus family)
Size: 1-2 feet tall and wide
Sun: Full to part shade
Watering: Low to moderate, drought-tolerant once established
Growth Rate: Moderate
Soil: Well-drained soil, sandy or rocky
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Larval Host for the Black Swallowtail. Attracts a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.


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