Oct 8, 2008

If you’ve ever visited the Storer Gardens, UC Davis Aboretum, you’ve probably noticed the honey bees enjoying the cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens), an evergreen shrub with silvery foliage and bell-shaped pinkish-lavender flowers.


It attracts honey bees and other beneficial insects like kids to a carnival.

It's sometimes called Texas sage, but it isn't a sage. It's in the plantago family and is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico.


Rain drops on the blossoms, bees in the blossoms, and all's right with the world.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then here we go with three thousand!

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

A pollen-packed honey bee dips her head  in cenizo in the Storer Gardens, UC Davis Aboretum.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee in cenizo

Let's go sideways. A honey bee relishes  the cenizo in the Storer Gardens, UC Davis Arboretum. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)


Whoopsie, daisy! Er, whoopsie, cenizo! It's bottoms up for this honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Bottoms up!