What are they?
- deciduous shrub
- blooms each April
- white bell-shaped flowers
- heart-shaped green leaves (green on top and silvery white underneath)
- 18 feet tall 10 feet wide
- rarely gets the chance to grow
- irresistible food for deer, goats, sheep, and other animals
Ring a Bell ?
- remaining left found on limestone cliffs and bedrock ledges above streams in the western part of the Texas Hill Country
- listed as endangered
- 2004 (10 remaining)
- take up to 14 years to reach reproductive maturity level
- largest and healthiest remaining of the population are in Devils River Basin of Val Verde County