Please join us at our monthly chapter meeting. Our speaker for April 8 is Gene Fissler. Fissler is a native Texan and Texas Master Naturalist whose professional career has spanned almost 40 years in the electric power industry with expertise in engineering, environmental and public affairs, and governmental relations. He has worked with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Water Development Board, the Harris Galveston Subsidence District, the City of Houston, and numerous river authorities across the state of Texas. Monday, April 8, 6:30-8:30 pm Bayou Building, Forest Room (B1418) University of Houston-Clear Lake For important ...
As you can see from the photo, Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchela) grows well in raised beds and in full sun. This one is sharing a bed with other pollinator favorites that will bloom later in the year such as Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides) and Blue Salvia (Salvia azurea). Environmental Institute of Houston, Harris County, TX; 4/1/19. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #indianblanket#firewheel
Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchela) is one of the easiest wildflowers to establish, and, blooming nearly year-round in the Houston area, makes an excellent addition to a garden. The plant grows 1-2 ft. tall. Indian Blanket is an annual and should be allowed to reseed for the following year. Environmental Institute of Houston, Harris County, TX; 4/1/19. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #indianblanket#firewheel
Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium sp.) blooms from March to May, and can be found in fields and prairies, doing well in poor soils. It is a grasslike perennial that prefers sun and moist conditions. Blue-eyed Grass reseeds on its own, and clumps should be divided every two years for best results. Harris County, TX; 3/26/19. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #blueeyedgrass#sisyrinchium
Texas Spiderlily (Hymenocallis liriosme) is currently in bloom in the EIH habitat. This native plant grows in in wet habitats such as flood plains, ditches, marshes, stream banks, and prairies. Environmental Institute of Houston, Harris County, TX; 3/20/19. . . . . . #hymenocallis#texasspiderlily
Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) are currently in bloom all over Texas. Bluebonnets are tricky to get established, but once they get going, they will reseed and reappear every spring. Environmental Institute of Houston, Harris County, TX; 3/20/19. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #bluebonnet#bluebonnets
Please join us at our monthly chapter meeting. Our speaker for March 11 is Michael Eckenfels. Eckenfels has been a volunteer of the Texas Master Naturalist program since 2012 and has served on the board of the Gulf Coast TMN Chapter, NPSOT Houston, and the local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. He has attended courses on native bees at Eagle Hill Institute in Maine, Jespson Herbarium/UC Berkeley, and at the Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife. Monday, March 11, 6:30-8:30 pm Bayou Building, Forest Room (B1418) University of Houston-Clear Lake For important parking information and to ...
Herbertia lahue is a Texas native perennial commonly found in prairies, meadows, pastures, and untended lawns of older homes. It blooms from March to late April. Once it begins, blooming spans about two weeks, with individual flowers lasting only a day, opening in the morning and closing in the late afternoon. Brazos Bend State Park, Fort Bend County, TX; 4/13/17. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #herbertia#prairienymph
NPSOT Clear Lake Chapter member Nancy Saint captured the lovely Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) in her front yard. The sunflower has been blooming since December. Harris County, TX; 2/12/19. Photo: @nansea.saint . . . . . #monarchbutterfly#sunflower
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Winecup (Callirhoe involucrata) is a spreading, drought-tolerant perennial that blooms March-June. It does well as a bedding plant alone, and may be planted in a hanging basket. 4/2/16 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #poppymallow#mallow
Eastern Gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides) grows large and stately. Blooms April-June. This impressive grass is good as a garden accent. Larval host plant for skippers. Harris County, TX; 4/14/18. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #easterngamagrass#gamagrass
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Looks can be deceiving. What appears to be a bee is actually a hoverfly (Helophilus sp.). Hoverflies are named so because they hover over flowers when feeding. The adults nectar on flowers such as this False Garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve). 2/27/16 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #hoverfly#helophilus
Narrowleaf Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) is a perennial that blooms in October. The yellow flowers attract birds and native bees. Harris County, TX; 10/15/18. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #texassunflowers#narrowleafsunflower
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A bumblebee peeks into a Crossvine flower (Bignonia capreolata). Crossvine is a climbing, woody vine sometimes seen high in a tree. Blooms March-May; red and yellow flowers. 4/7/17 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #bumblebee#crossvine
Please join us at our monthly chapter meeting. Our speaker for February is Julie d’Ablaing, retired geologist and Texas Master Naturalist. She is a transplant from the UK, and has lived in Houston since 1989. d’Ablaing lives in Copperfield, which is a master planned community built by the same company that developed Clear Lake City. Monday, February 11, 6:30-8:30 pm Bayou Building, Forest Room (B1418) University of Houston-Clear Lake For important parking information and to register, visit our website (link in bio). Come along to meet like-minded people and learn something new! . . . . . ...
Narrow-leaved Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) is not really a grass, but a member of the iris family. To further confuse you, its ‘eye’ is yellow, rather than blue. Blue-eyed grass is unusual because it is native to prairie grasslands, whereas most irises prefer wetlands. Brazoria County, TX; 2/3/18. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #blueeyedgrass#narrowleavedblueeyedgrass
A few scattered blooms of Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) can be seen at George Bush Park. Indian Paintbrush typically flowers from March to May, about the same time as Bluebonnets. Harris County, TX; 1/30/19. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #indianpaintbrush#texaspaintbrush