Chapter Meeting Monday, January 14, 6:30-8:30 pm Bayou Building, Forest Room (B1418) University of Houston-Clear Lake Please join us at our monthly chapter meeting. Our first speaker for 2019 is Jaime González, who serves as the inaugural Houston Urban Conservation Programs Manager for The Nature Conservancy in Texas (TNC). González will discuss TNC’s new Houston Urban Conservation program and how an integrated approached to ecosystem and human health is what is needed right now in our region. Native ecologies will prove critical to these efforts and he will also discuss upcoming research, projects, and opportunities of incorporating native plants ...
Crow Poison (Nothoscordum bivalve) is one of the first spring flowers to appear on lawns, meadows, and roadsides throughout the state. It blooms from March through May and then again in September and October. The flowers are white and resemble those of Wild Onion (Allium drummondi). The toxicity of Crow Poison is unknown and should therefore not be consumed. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #crowpoison#falsegarlic
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Wedgeleaf Prairie Clover (Dalea emarginata) thrives primarily along Gulf beaches and coastal dune grasslands in Texas. It is of special value to native bees and honey bees. Brazoria County, TX; 4/23/18. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #prairieclover#dalea
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Carolina Wolfberry (Lycium carolinianum) berries are edible and have a sweet, tomato-like taste. The purple flowers bloom from April through October. This native plant benefits many species of wildlife. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #wolfberry#christmasberry
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Just a reminder that we will be having a seed share at the November 12 meeting, so don't forget to bring some seeds. If you are participating, check the link in bio for some tips! We'll also have t-shirt pick up beginning at 6:15 pm. If you missed out on the pre-order, we'll have a limited supply for sale at $15 a shirt. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #seedshare#seedswap ...
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Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) is looking lovely in the @uhcleih WaterSmart Habitat. This native perennial provides a splash of bright color in the fall and attracts numerous butterflies and native bees. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #txplants#botanizing
Chapter Meeting Monday, November 12, 6:30-8:30 pm Bayou Building, Forest Room (B1418) University of Houston-Clear Lake Please join us at our monthly chapter meeting. Our speaker on November 12 is Dr. Rebeca Quiñonez-Piñón with a talk about monarch conservation. As the Monarch Outreach Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, Dr. Quiñonez-Piñón’s goal is to ensure that Texas cities within the Monarch butterfly central flyway take appropriate, effective conservation actions that will increase the monarch population. She works closely with people at different levels and backgrounds to define the best strategies to implement monarch conservation programs. November News - ...
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'Tis the season of pumpkins and gourds, and we have a couple of native ones in Texas. Buffalo Gourd (Cucurbita foetidissima) is one of two native species in the genus Cucurbita. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center describes Buffalo Gourd as a malodorous plant, which explains its specific epithet and many common names such as Stinking Gourd, Fetid Gourd, and Fetid Wild Pumpkin. Though the mature fruits are inedible, they can be dried and painted for decorative use. The yellow blooms are similar to other cucurbits; bloom time is June through August. Grows best in semiarid and arid environments. Travis ...
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Silverleaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium). There are several species of nightshade or horse nettle, and all have star-shaped blossoms of blue, purple, yellow, or white. It blooms from April through October. The fruits resemble small tomatoes and remain on the plant for months. This species is good for a wildflower meadow; however, the plant is aggressive and poisonous. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #horsenettle#trompillo
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Mexican Olive (Cordia boissieri) is an ornamental shrub or tree with large, showy, trumpet-shaped white flowers. Blooms year round but most profusely in late spring and early summer. This species cannot tolerate cold winters. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #anacahuita#wildolive
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Mexican primrose-willow (Ludwigia octovalvis) is a shrubby herbaceous plant that grows well in moist or shallow, submerged soils. Blooms July-October. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #txplants#mexicanprimrose
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Narrowleaf Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius) doesn't mind wet conditions, making it ideal for pond areas. 📷: Paige Reistle @_paigepics . . . . . #txplants#narrowleafsunflower
American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana ‘Lactea’) is a large understory shrub with an arching form. In the fall and early winter, the branches are laden with magenta purple (sometimes white) berry clusters. This perennial is a good understory shrub and requires little maintenance. . . . . . #txplants#npsotclc
Deer Pea Vetch (Vicia ludoviciana) is an annual climbing vine that can sprawl and form dense mats. Because of this, it is useful as erosion control on embankments. This member of the Legume Family provides browse for animals and enriches the soil. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek#vetch
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White Pricklypoppy (Argemone albiflora) blooms from March through July. This annual is common throughout Texas, and can be used as an ornamental. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season. Bees and beetles attracted to the pollen while birds eat the seeds. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek#whitepricklypoppy
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Cutleaf Evening-primrose (Oenothera laciniata) grows 4-18 inches high, and puts out small yellow, white, or pink flowers. This annual blooms sporadically from March through October. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek#cutleafeveningprimrose