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Esperanza

Tecoma stans

Other common name(s):

Yellow Bells

Family:

Bignoniaceae (Trumpet Creeper Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Chihuahuan Deserts, Edwards Plateau, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, Southern Texas Plains
Chihuahuan Basins and Playas, Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands, Chihuahuan Montane Woodlands, Low Mountains and Bajadas, Stockton Plateau
Balcones Canyonlands
Laguna Madre Barrier Island and Coastal Marshes, Lower Rio Grande Alluvial Floodplain, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Southern Subhumid Gulf Coastal Prairies
Rio Grande Floodplain and Terraces, Texas-Tamaulipan Thornscrub

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Shrub

Height

4
to
8
ft.

Spread

3
to
5
ft.

Leaf Retention

Deciduous

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Loam, Clay, Limestone, Well Drained

Light Requirement

Sun

Water Requirement

Low, Medium

Native Habitat

Grassland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

Orange, Yellow

Bloom Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Seasonal Interest

Seeds, Nectar, Larval Host

Wildlife Benefit

Butterflies, Small Mammals, Hummingbirds, Bees

Maintenance

Remove spent blooms as needed. Cut back to 6-8″ after cold damage but before new spring growth. Does well in hot dry weather. Propagation: Seed, Softwood cuttings.

Comments

Blooms April-November. Showy yellow blooms; native species has narrow leaves. Cultivars vary in leaf shape and flower color. Attracts bees and hummingbirds. Larval Host: Dogface Butterfly.
Previous Scientific Name(s): Synonym/s: Bignonia stans, Stenolobium stans, Tecoma stans var. angustata

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) Wasowski and Wasowski, Native Texas Plants Landscaping Region by Region, 1991, pg. 262 3) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=TEST. 4) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Tecoma+stans&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 5) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=5003&locationType=County&mapType=Normal, 6) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=34326#null, 7) Native and Adapted Landscape Plants, City of Austin and Texas A&M, 2014.
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