|A line of pink and white crape myrtles defines the boundaries at a local nursery|
August 6, 2012
At first glance, it looked like snow. White flurries were flying through the air, falling down and covering the ground.
But it wasn't snow. It wasn't even winter. It was the middle of a hot Florida summer day. The swirling flurries of snow-white lightness were crape-myrtle flowers freed from the branches by an afternoon windstorm.
Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) might well be the most widely planted ornamental in Florida. It is a fast-growing plant favored for its long-lasting, colorful blooms, attractive peeling bark and ease of maintenance. Bugs or plant diseases rarely bother this drought- and heat-tolerant tree, which is readily available in an array of sizes and colors.
It's easy to love such a low-maintenance, lovely-to-look-at landscape plant and it is especially nice in the midst of a heat wave when the white-flowering blooms trigger cooling memories of snowflakes falling to the ground.