Crape Myrtle – Crepe Myrtle? Why do we care?

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crepe-myrtle.jpgDid you know that the Crape Myrtle (lagerstoemia indica) was the official shrub of Texas? Did you know that Texas is represented by more official plants than any other state? Did you know that the crepe myrtle could have been the state tree and the state flower except it isn’t a native Texan? It originally was imported from China and was introduced to Paris, Texas in 1857 and yes – both spellings are correct. The crape myrtle was declared the Official State Shrub of Texas in 1997.

The crepe myrtle …

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