Every year springtime brings a bounty of beauty to the El Paso area. Here are the top 5 plants you can expect to see this spring in El Paso.

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According to sparefoot.com, "...these plants are used to growing in their natural surroundings so they won't need much in the way of insecticides winter mulching, supplement fertilizer or extra watering."

1. Firecracker Penstemon

Firecracker Penstemon
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A fiery red flower blooms on this thorny plant.

"The bright orange-red spikes of the firecracker penstemon attract attention. It blooms in the winter and spring in low desert gardens and provides color in an otherwise winter drab landscape."

2. Damianita

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You can expect to see the vibrant yellow of this plant soon; it's an unmistakable sign of springtime in El Paso.

"Dark green and aromatic foliage shows up in the spring and fall followed by large masses of beautiful golden yellow flowers which cover the entire plant. It makes an efficient yet lovely ground cover for your garden and those spots which are difficult to grow anything."

3. Ocotillo

Blossoming Ocotillo
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This plant blooms vermillion flowers that are recognizable from every other plant and each spring this plant stands tall and very noticeable.

"The ecological purpose of it is to provide food for migrating hummingbirds. It does resemble a cactus and has graceful canes which reach upward toward the sky. When it receives moisture, it will sprout small green leaves which cover the canes. Also, at the tip of the canes in the spring, vermillion-colored flowers bloom which the hummingbirds love."

4. Santa Rita Prickly Pear Cactus

Santa Rita prickly pear Cactus
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A beautiful cactus that blooms yellow flowers in the fall and turns a deep shade of purple in the spring.

"There are assorted species of prickly pears, but Santa Rita is more colorful with its gray-blue purple-tinged pads. The interesting thing about these cacti is the purple coloring when there’s a drought, or it’s cold will darken to a darker purple. Plus, for added interest, yellow flowers appear in the spring to brighten it up."

5. Texas Ranger

Green leaves and purple flowers background. Ash-Bush or Texas Ranger a species of Barometerbush.
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Dense flowers of royal purple bloom in this praetorian plant every El Paso spring.

"The Texas Ranger is a shrub that literally stops traffic when in full bloom. Brilliant purple blooms cover every square inch of the shrub. It’s also referred to as a barometer bush because of the way the flower reacts to rainfall and humidity in the summer and the fall. The evergreen gray-green foliage is attractive even when the shrub isn’t in bloom. Plus, this is a huge shrub of over six feet and wide when fully mature."

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