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Hello Everyone: This Directory is for Texas Native Plants and Wildflower Pictures only.
This way we can have our pictures in one thread and look them up a lot easier and quicker.
Please make sure to only post pictures of native plants and wildflowers.
You can post more than one picture of the same flower, and also the plant at different stages of growth.
Even if the plant or flower has been posted before, multiple pictures provide new and different views.
Please include as much information about the plant as you can, such as common name, scientific name
native or endemic , and any other pertinent information, such as annual, perennial etc.
Also if you can, please provide a link to the Plant Files for that particular plant or flower so that as much information as possible can be provided. I you can not provide the link that is O.K. just go ahead and post your picture.
We will have threads for Trees, Shrubs, and Flowers separated by color so that they can be found easily.
Let us have fun learning and helping with plant identification.
For discussion and sharing of information please continue using our other thread,
Donna, Thank you very much for the compliments, this idea was the combined effort and ideas of the people on the threads who love Texas Native Plants.
We want other other people to get to know these plants and appreciate them.
I did contact Dave about the sticky and he declined, but he can change his mind any time, as far as I am concerned, so may be hearing from you has helped our cause, you never know, blessings come to us when we least expect them.
Thank you again, Josephine.
Hi, Krispi! Welcome to Dave's Garden, and welcome to the Texas forum!
A "sticky" makes the thread in question stay in place at the top of the forum. Usually they are informational posts that people won't be posting to all the time, but we want them to stay at the top, so they are always easily found.
In this particular thread, people can look at the very first post and click on whichever thread shows the TX native plants of interest. Much easier than searching for the threads individually, plus it lets people know that those threads even exist.
Thanks, Maggiemoo, With all the wonderful people on this DG site, I may just learn my way around! We just moved up here from Houston, 35 yrs. We are so glad to get out of the traffic! We are just 15 miles N of New Braunfels off of 306. If you are familar with the area, we are looking at the Canyon Lake Dam. Only 1 mile from the Horseshoe on the Guadalupe River, Whitewater Sports. Krispi
Here I am! Yes, I did. I have just a passing knowledge of the area you're talking about, I'll bet it's beautiful! You're not too far from San Antonio, Austin, or Kerrville and Fredericksberg probably. Lots of good people from those spots, you'll meet them all in this forum. A bunch of us met and went to Schumacher's Hill Country nursery last ... June or July, don't remember off hand.
We are 1 hr. from Fredericksberg, 2 hr. from Kerrville, 35 min. from San Antonio, and 15 min from New Braunfels, 1 1/2 hrs. from Austin. It is beautiful up here, anything from that flatland and Gulf. Thanks for telling me about the College Station April 29th, meet. I will see if we can go. Well, enjoyed meeting you, on the site, appreciate the welcome. Everyone have a wonderful Christmas! Krispi
i need a clarification on a native. the turk's cap shrub we have here is it malvaviscus arboreus drummondii? and there is another one that has bigger flowers? right? and there is a pink one? does anyone know where to get either of the others?
Hello Mamajack, Yes the one here is Malvavicus drummondii, the one with the larger flowers is probably a cultivar, and I don't know the name for it.
I have never seen the pink variety, but I do have a white one, which is pretty, but not half as strong and vigorous as the red.
We have a thread to talk about native plants, you might want to check it out.
Well, we could move the wood sorrel over there since its blooming now. Or I could just put another pic over on it. I couldn't decide which color to put it under because its really kind of a strange purple-pink mix. I've got a few others that will probably bloom soon. (If the force is with us)...Hazel's also got those great Cooperi's and Habranthus--the Jones Rain Lily and the Cooper's Rain Lily pics. I've also waded thru the "deep and perilous" waters of nomenclature between Zephyranthes drummondi, Cooperia pendunculata, and Cooperia drummondi and feel comfortable enough about the differences. I've also got the three native alliums and Hazel's got pics of at least one of those (probably more--one in particular is just sticking out in my mind right now) already up there. There's also a fair number of native bog bulbs. I don't know--you might want to think on this catagory as it would create a lot of cross-over and maybe confusion.
I have some photos of native fern to add; however, I do not know where to list them. I had thought about placing them on the Aquatic and Bog page, but some don't need a lot of water. I had thought about placing them on the Shrub page; however, they are not shrubs I also have some moss and lichen photos (if I can ever ID them). Perhaps a page should be added for Ferns, Mosses and Lichen.
This is a marvelous compilation of mostly native Texas plants. What a tremendous resource for us all! I am an avid native plant gardener, grower, and educator, and I'm delighted to see such strong support of truly native treasures of Texas.
I have spent my career studying invasive plant biology and the ecological and economic implications of introductions of non-native into our native ecosystems. I admire those who value native plants because they are in perfect harmony with their environment and the species around them, and are sensitive to the problems that befall our natural ecosystems by planting non-native (or "naturalized") species found outside of our state and particularly, continent. As water continues to vanish, land is converted to housing developments, and invaders crowd out natives in what's left of the rest, gardening with natives becomes increasingly critical for conservation of both flora and the fauna that depend on these plants. Thanks to all who have taken the time and effort to contribute to these extremely useful lists!
Well, Arroyophyte your effusive post makes my heart sing. It is so nice to find someone so enthusiastic about native plants, because frankly, I am crazy about them.
Please do try and participate, I am sure we can learn a lot from you.
Looking forward to hearing from you again,
Arroyophyte, thank you for your comments. I will be adding more plants as I photograph them. I have many, many photographs of ones I am unable to identify right now. Would you please recommend a native Texas plant book with photos and detailed descriptions that has more than just the common ones? Please visit with us again sometime.
You probably need to get a copy of Shinners and Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas by Diggs et al. It's for the serious taxonomist, but is probably where you need to be looking if you're finding species that don't appear in the field guides. Technically, it's limited to central Texas but it is very inclusive of plants throughout much of the state, probably excluding the Valley, Big Bend, and far east Texas. Crossreferencing with the LBJWFC plant database might help with your identifications once you've keyed out your plants.
It only covers north central texas, but of course the plants there are usually found elsewhere in Texas also. I don't have that one, but have looked at it often at the library. I use Enquist's book, Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country as my main field guide. A bit dated on botanical names these days, but it's still a very valuable book. Trees, Shrubs and Vines of the Texas Hill Country by Jan Wrede is good also. The newer edition has some invasives exotic species included to help people recognize them and understand the problems caused by them. Keys...I always had difficulty dealing with those. I have some species I could never identify either. One is on my own property...not even sure what family it is. Maybe if I could handle those keys better, I might figure it out.
Linda, thanks for the info. I live at the base of the Hill Country and many of the plants in my area are ones that grow in the Hill Country. Their seeds have washed down after heavy flooding over hundreds (thousands?) of years. A lot of them can not be found in other parts of San Antonio so those references would come in handy. I know what you mean about using the keys. :o)
Okay I'm not able to get into any of the above posts for the different color flowers. I know I have used it before and I really enjoy the different directories and all the wild flowers...just in case I can run across one like mine that needs ID. LOL
I'm not sure what the problem is for me but it won't work. I was just in another forum too and tried to download a website and it wouldn't work for me there either. Maybe it's just me? Just like the "Big Book" listed just above, I tried to click on that and nothing happens?? Weird.
htop, Yes that did the trick. Closed all my windows before shutting my computer completely down and back on. It's working now. :) Off to look at wildflowers!
This is a great directory frostweed! But I don't think it's been updated much lately. Maybe I can add a few flowers. My bday is coming real soon so maybe a new camera is coming? teehee. hope so anyway! But I might have a few useful pics. We'll see.
Wonderful natives! I was given seeds for the Red yucca that I really would like to plant after seeing yours there; I think it would grow here in east Texas too.
And your Buffalograss is awesome...especially if you don't need to water it much. I refuse to put turf here (or non-natives) but need something to control erosion in some areas, such as around the slopes that run off into the pond. That might be the answer.
Hi, everyone, maybe someone here can help this lady identify what looks like a native plant. She posted in the ID thread, and lives in Killeen, and I noticed she's not a subscriber, so she can't access this forum (after I told her to ask here, oops!).
Thanks! Here's her question: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1013712/