Anybody know what this is? This is native to Texas (I think ~ I didn't plant it) and lives in a muddy, boggy area down by the creek. Atleast I hope it still does after the flood! *grin* I'll see later this year.
This might be American Water-Willow, Justicia americana. This is what I found in a book by Marshall Enquist, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country".
"American Water-Willow is an erect plant 6-24" tall, and is found in mud or shallow water throughout our area. Where found, it is usually in large colonies which have spread by underground stems. Linear to lanceolate, the leaves are 2-4" long, and may be short petiolate or sessile. The smooth stems and leaves are glabrous. The inflorescence is a capitate spike as much as 1¼" long, on an axillary peduncle up to 6" long. Individual flowers are ¼" or longer, and may vary from white to pale violet. The middle lobe of the lower lip is attractively marked with dark purple lines or spots. Each flower has only 2 stamens. Perennial. Bloom period: April to October. ( I had the lavender one for a few years, and might still have but haven't seen the blooms for some time. It didn't produce a lot of blooms, in fact they were quite rare, but when it did, they were lovely dainty flowers that looked almost like little orchids upon close inspection. Mine came from Liberty Hill.)
Hmmm...I don't think these had spiked flowers. The flowers (which are tiny in the pic above, two on the left) look like small wild sunflowers. But what you describe, Aimee, sounds like something else that grows out here by the creek.
Oh, Liberty Hill!! What a neat little town, huh? DH used to live there and we go back to check on his cousin's house there every so often for her. I LOVE all the huge wisteria vines everywhere!
Oh, it's a ray?! Hard to tell on a photo. I looked for yellow bog flowers in several books, didn't find it, but will keep my eye out.
Liberty Hill is like Luckenbach, a little time warp. I love to go through there and drive slow, peering down into the road side properties. Or take the steam train and see all along the tracks the wildflowers you never see from the road.