The purple majesty of Texas Sage dots the city thanks to the current monsoon season in El Paso.

Kevin Vargas

Have you noticed all the purple bushes blooming around town? That's Texas Sage, an adaptable plant (woody shrub) native to the Chihuahuan Desert and the Rio Grande area that produces profuse lavender flowers, tolerant of high heat and cold desert temperatures.

El Paso is currently experiencing its monsoon season, which will linger through September, bringing hail, lightning, thunder, flash floods, and giving renewed life to Texas Sage.

All the recent rainfall has cooled off our city from the intense summer heat and has also sprouted plenty of foliage across the city, including the purple majesty of Texas Sage.

Rubyann Gaglio

Over the last couple of weeks, El Pasoans have taken to social media, showing off the bush saturated in a variety of purple hues dotted across the city.

Texas Sage can grow anywhere and takes about two years to establish itself and bloom reliably. Its durability also helps it thrive even during a drought, requires very little water, and can grow up to 6 feet tall. The older the bush, the more vibrant its lavender flowers attracting bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

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Just like the Texas Sage bush is prevalent in our city, so is the unique scent of desert rain, especially in the summertime.

Rubyann Gaglio

This particular smell of desert rain is something that only Southwest regions such as El Paso experience. That pleasant earthy desert rain aroma is made possible from the Creosote bush leaves, otherwise known as the Gobernadora bush, found in our surrounding desert areas.

The combination of Texas Sage and the intoxicating scent of rain in our region brings to life the striking colors and aromas reminiscent of summers in El Paso.

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