How to Care for a Flower Called the Texas Stan


Texas stan (Tecoma stans) is a flowering perennial shrub with a number of common names, including Yellow Elderberry, Esperanza and Yellow Bells. Native to west Texas and Mexico, Texas stan reaches a height of 3 to 4 feet and blooms from spring until fall. The golden, bell-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies into the garden. Texas stan is almost maintenance-free, hardy in USDA zones 9 through 11 and can be successfully grown in containers.

Step 1

Plant or position your Texas stan in a place that receives direct sun all day.

Step 2

Water the Texas stan when the soil is almost completely dry; drench it completely and allow it to dry again before watering.

Step 3

Fertilize the container-grown Texas stan with 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer, diluted to half the strength recommended on the label, every other week. For plants grown in the garden, fertilize every four weeks.

Step 4

Cut off the seed pod clusters as they appear. This will prevent the plant from going to seed, thus producing more flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


  • Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension: Yellow Bells for 2000
  • Mississippi State University: Gold Star Esperanza Is a Winner Everywhere
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
Keywords: grow Texas stan, grow esperanza, grow yellow bells

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