Although drought conditions often restrict the sale and use of firecrackers in Bexar County, there are a few options guaranteed to brighten a summer evening without setting fires.
We’re talking about firecracker plants: those garden superstars with tiny flowers but big presence, bursts of tiny red blooms, glowing like red embers even during the brightest daylight.
Don’t worry about any of these species catching fire, the tiny “sparks” you might see jumping from bush to bush are actually hummingbirds!
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Brad Wier is a SAWS conservation consultant. Years in South Texas landscaping and public horticulture gave him a lasting enthusiasm for native plants that don’t die when sprinklers -- and gardeners -- break down. He’d rather save time and water for kayaking and tubing. He is a former kilt model, and hears hummingbirds.
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