I recently took the above pictures of the beautiful purple jacaranda trees in South Pasadena, CA. They are the inspiration for my KBlossoms purple amethyst earrings and necklaces! The Jacaranda tree is known for its clusters of purple, fragrant, trumpet shaped blossoming flowers. The jacaranda is native to tropical and subtropical regions of South America (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay), Central America and Mexico but it has spread to other parts of Latin American, US, Australia, and Africa. They are known for their beautiful purple blossoms but also can be messy as they infamously shed their flowers all over the grass and sidewalk. The original pronunciation of this tree is 'jacarandá’, with the accent on the last syllable. This word comes from Brazil, from the Tupí Indian language. The jacaranda trees bloom for two months twice a year, once around April - May and again around November – December. Although there are 49 species of the tree, the Jacaranda mimosifolia is the most popular street foliage tree in Los Angeles because it thrives in sunny, tropically tinged weather with little rain. Please visit my Etsy shop to see more purple amethyst jewelry: http://www.kblossoms.etsy.com/.