Parsley hawthorn, Small tree, wide-spreading slender branches & irregular, open crown, Soil Sandy to Clay, Seasonally poor drainage okay, Found this one growing in Kingwood, TX http://bit.ly/2mvRw6t 093018kngwd #txplants#tpwd
Mexican Primrose Willow/Narrow-leaf Water Primrose (Ludwigia octovalvis) blooms July - October, likes Sun to Part Shade with moist soil, grows well in moist or shallow, submerged soils, Host plant for the Water-primrose hornworm moth, caterpillars and other moths, https://bit.ly/2RTJKjC 090818ma #txplants#tpwd
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
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
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
'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 ...
Our narrowleaf sunflower is at the end of its bloom time, but there are still plenty of fall wildflowers and grasses providing food and host plants for native pollinators and other wildlife. 1 Narrowleaf sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)⠀ 2 Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucanthemum)⠀ 3 Swamp lily (Crinum americanum)⠀ 4 Blue sage (Salvia azurea)⠀ 5 Goldenrod (Solidago sp.)
Common persimmon/Eastern persimmon, fruit attracts birds and mammals, host plant for Luna moth, fruit edible when ripe, also useful for erosion control, fall color, 090818kngwd http://bit.ly/2xMo7qI #txplants#tpwd
Banana Spider (Nephila clavipes) females are among the largest non-tarantula-like spiders in North America and are one of the largest orb-weavers in this country reaching about 3", 070318bbg https://bit.ly/2yGXV4k #txplants#tpwd @visitbeaumonttx
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
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
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
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
Blue Mistflower, Perennial, Grows 2-3' Tall, Blooms Jul-Nov, Flowers are Blue/Purple, Likes Sun to Part Shade, Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Is a Nectar Source, Provides Late Season Flowers, 091216ma http://bit.ly/2bIIfod #txplants#tpwd
Visited the A.E. Leonard Family Native Plant Garden @ the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center today with the Native Plant Society of Texas—South Texas Chapter. If you are ever in Kingsville, I highly recommend stopping by to check out this garden! It is the best native garden I've ever seen and tackled several eco-regions within South Texas. Beyond being an amazing example, it's also just a super beautiful peaceful garden to meander through and part of a equally beautiful venue. . . . #txplants#npsot
Blue mistflower (Conoclinium coelestinum) attracts bees and butterflies, and can be found growing in several areas of our garden. That's because mistflower spreads easily. The blue-purple flowers bloom from July to November in clusters to form a somewhat flat top. This native is good as a border or groundcover.
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
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
As its scientific name suggests, sugarcane plumegrass (Saccharum giganteum) is a dramatically tall grass growing 6-10 ft, with a large, fluffy, terminal panicle. You can find this moisture-loving, early fall-blooming native grass in our pond area.
Goldenrods (Solidago sp.) are tall plants typically found in open areas such as prairies. These late summer/early fall bloomers provide a reliable source of food for many species such as wasps, bees, butterflies, and other insects. You can find this bright yellow plant buzzing with #txpollinators throughout our WaterSmart habitat.
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
Sensitive Fern, Deciduous, Part Shade/Shade, Moist to Wet Soils, Low drought tolerance, Use by wildlife: Shelter for salamanders and frogs, Use in the landscape: Bog, Pond, Water garden, 091216ma http://bit.ly/2cbP2EY #txplants#tpwd
We’ve had great success growing dayflowers (Commelina sp.) in a barrel planter. Doing so helps contain the plant (it can become invasive in a bed), and adds a vibrant blue accent to our arbor. Dayflowers bloom in the spring and fall, occasionally in late summer.
Powdery Alligator-flag or Powdery Thalia (Thalia dealbata) is a tropical, aquatic perennial that grows 3-6 ft tall. This dramatic plant does well in shallow water or poorly drained, wet soils, which makes it ideal for wetland gardens and habitats. Alligator-flag blooms from May through July and attracts butterflies. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek#powderythalia
We have two buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) shrubs in our WaterSmart Habitat. This multi-stemmed shrub grows 6-12 ft, and is suited to wet soils. You'll find ours in the pond area. It's white, pincushion-like flowers bloom from June through September, and attract native bees and honey bees. Buttonbush is a honey plant.
Firewheel or Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) is an easy wildflower to establish, and can provide a blanket of reds and yellows in a bed or meadow planting. Butterflies and native bees are attracted to the open, flat blooms, which appear from May through August. It may flower longer with plentiful rain. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek#firewheel
It's Texas Native Plant Week! This week we'll be featuring native plants found in the EIH WaterSmart Habitat on the @UHClearLake campus. First up is the American basket-flower (Centaurea americana). This annual blooms in May and June, and attracts large numbers of native bees. Basket-flower gets its name from the straw-colored bracts beneath the flower head, which resemble a woven basket.
Hooker’s Eryngo (Eryngium hookeri) is an unusual-looking annual with purple stems and flowers that bloom from July through September; the leaves are tough and thorny. This plant lends an architectural element to a wildflower garden, and, when cut, adds a unique touch to flower arrangements. 📷: Linda Leinen . . . . . #nativeplantweek#eryngium
Tropical milkweed (with a Monarch caterpillar), Popular, easy to grow non-native, needs to be cut back in winter to cut back on the transmission of the protozoan Ophryocystis elektroscirrha(OE), 090117houht bit.ly/2cmTbXT #txplants #ladybirdjohnsonwildflowercenter @nationalgarden
Join us at the 25th North American Prairie Conference to explore HEALTHY PRAIRIES, HEALTHY WATERSHEDS. Prairie enthusiasts from across the nation will be joining us to share the latest research on grassland ecosystems, restoration techniques, sharing educational resources, and examinng the connectivity of prairie to water quality and human health. 🌾 Houston, TX | June 2-5, 2019⠀ Details: northamericanprairie.org 🌾 Co-presented by @saveprairies @texasprairie @katyprairie @nature_tx Hosted by @uhcleih @uhclearlake
Only Female Yaupon produce berries. These berries turn bright red in winter. Since 2001 the Kingwood Garden Club has been active in a project called "Reforest the Forest" More info about the project at https://bit.ly/2DXiyhC 093018kngwd More info about Yaupon at http://bit.ly/2g4Qtor (cut & paste link to your browser) #txplants#itsahoustonthing @nationalgarden
An American Bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus) forages on Missouri Ironweed (Vernonia missurica) in the @uhcleih WaterSmart School Habitat Demonstration Lab. Environmental Institute of Houston, Harris County, TX; 9/11/18. 📷: Debbie Bush . . . . . #ironweed#vernonia
Dan Worrall, Member of the Harris County Historical Commission and Author, gave an interesting presentation “The Native Landscape of West Houston: A Historical Perspective” at Wildscapes 2018 this morning #txplants