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Smoke Tree, Psorothamnus spinosus

Photo of a bee gathering pollen from the deep blue blowers of a Smoke Tree
A Bee Busy on a Smoke Tree

Closeup photo of a butterly enjoying the deep blue flowers of a Smoke TreeFrom a distance, this shrub (which often grows tall enough to be called a tree) may look like just another plant struggling to survive in the heat, wind, and sandy soil of a desert wash.

In early summer, if you stop and get close to a smoke tree, you may be pleased to discovers its hundreds of beautiful tiny blue flowers with a lovely fragrance.

Not only will you often find Smoke Trees with bees at work but occasionally you see an industrious butterfly.

Closeup photo of a Smoke Tree's blue flowers
Smoke Tree in Flower

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