Syringa Grows in the Darndest Places!

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Syringa was well chosen (in 1931) as the Idaho State Flower. It is wildly fragrant and capable of growing in the most challenging locations–as right out of these rocks in our very dry foothills. Syringa does love the shelter of canyons and a bit more moisture–and in those locations it can reach great size. It was named (Philadelphus lewisii) to honor Meriwether Lewis, who first collected the plant in 1806. The leaves and bark contain saponins, and were used by native Americans to make soap. Blooming now!  5-30-15

May 30, 2015