With so many plants competing in their spring floral displays, agarito is one native shrub that provides landscape interest through every season. Fragrant, saffron-yellow flowers smother its branches in spring, attracting an assortment of butterflies, bees and other insect pollinators. In summer, the small red berries are a delight to birds and make a fine jelly. The attractive blue-green evergreen foliage is armed with sharp points, creating a formidable barrier to intruders but safe nesting for birds during fall and winter.
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About the author: Tina Dombrowski is the Director of Horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park, Dallas. She has a particular interest in Texas native plants, butterflies, pollinating insects and their interconnected histories.