Meadow Pink, Rose Gentian, ( Sabatia campestris ) Gentian family, Native plant, annual,
bloom period March--July, forms large colonies.
For more information see the Plant Files http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/62373/
Showy Primrose, Mexican Primrose, ( Oenothera speciosa )
Evening Primrose family. Native perennial, bloom period March--July
covers large areas in lovely pink. For more information see the Plant Files http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/236/index.html
Pigeon Berry, Bloodberry, Rouge Plant, Baby Pepper, Coral Berry (Rivina humilis), Phytolaccaceae Family, Texas native, perennial, blooms mid-spring through mid-fall, has beautiful berries after the first blooms fade and then throughtout the blooming period. For more information see the PlantFiles: http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/58615/index.html
Smartweed, Big Seeded Smartweed (Persicaria pensylvanica), Polygonaceae Family, Texas native, annual, blooms late spring to early fall, may be a noxious weed or invasive
The blooms as shown here are a very pale lavenderish pink. They may be pink, rose or a light rose colored mauve. Blooms are in clusters in terminal spikes at the ends of the stems. Although this plant may be highly invasive in cultivated gardens, it provides life support for lots of wildlife.
An herbaceous low growing plant up to 20" long and usually around 6" tall. Flowers pale pink or white about 1" in diameter. Leaves at the base are very lobed and divided into 5 to 7 lobes. Leaves closer to the flowers are very slender.
The photo on this native is in the Texas Native Plant Pictures by Color (Purple) to keep it with the other Callirhoe species.
We have literally millions of Purple Gerardia blooming right now. They are everywhere you look, in vast clumps. Most close by noon. In spite of the name, almost all of mine are pink.
Some are even growing in the edge of the pond mixed with Cattails.
The early blooms were small but now the blooms are about an inch long and 3/4 inch wide. I stopped counting when I reached 50 clumps, each with thousands of flowers. Selective mowing works! I have done battle to prevent their early mowing all year, and finally everyone knows what they are and how beautiful they are.
Pink Smartweed (Persicaria bicornis), Polygonaceae Family, Texas native, annual, blooms June through October, is considered to be a noxious weed by many
Pink Smartweed (Persicaria bicornis) is a native wetlands plant that inhabits moist disturbed places, marshes, edges of ponds, rivers and reservoirs, ditches and moist cultivated fields. Many times it is included in Persicaria pensylvanica. However, it can be distinguished easily by its heterostylous flowers. Its exserted stamens and styles give it a more fringed appearance. The blooms are more "open"; whereas, the Persicaria pensylvanica blooms are more cupped. Also, its fruit (achenes) usually have an obscure or prominent hump in the center of one face. which typically ruptures the side of the perianth upon fruiting. In addition, the Persicaria bicornis leaf blades are narrower than the leaf blades of Persicaria pensylvanica.
Rock Rose or Rose Pavonia, Pavonia lasiopetala, a perennial deciduous native shrub-like plant with beautiful pink flowers. It belongs in the Malvaceae family. It's drought-tolerant, available in many nurseries and can be grown from seed. It can flower most of the year and is hardy enough to grow through most of the state.
Barbados Cherry, Malpighia glabra. It's a perennial evergreen or deciduous shrub, depending on the winter climate. It can be 3 to 4 feet or as even as much as 9 feet tall. Sally Wasowski says it's evergreen above 25 degrees and can be grown as far north as Austin. Otherwise, it can be grown in a pot and protected during winter. The pink to whitish flowers are lovely and the foliage is also very attractive. It makes small sweet red fruits, which are eaten by wildlife, in many cases.
Rosy Palafox, Rose Palafoxia (Palafoxia rosea), Asteraceae Family, Texas native, annual, blooms June through October
Rosy palafox is a sandy soil native annual of the South Texas Plains and Edwards Plateau. In its native habitats, it can be found growing on brushlands, plains, prairies, open hillsides and edges of woodlands. It is a thin, erect, usually solitary stemmed, much branched plant that has glandular hairs on all its structures. The slender leaves are up to 3 inches long and 1/4 inch wide and are alternate, stalked and firm. The 5/8 inch across flower head is made up of 12-25 pink to rose disk flowers with no ray flowers and black stamens. The young palafoxia flower heads turn white with age. It is a nectar and pollen source for insects, especially butterflies. Seeds must be sown in the fall.
Pink Thoroughwort (Fleischmannia incarnata, aka: Eupatorium incarnatum), Asteraceae Family, Texas native, perennial, blooms October through December
It is found growing in moist loamy soil areas of the South Texas Plains. It natively grows in thickets, ditches, bottomlands, swamps, wet fields and woods as well as along roads and stream banks. The stems are lax so the branches tend to bend down giving it a sprawling type growth habit. The leaves are triangular or deltoid in shape and are up to 2 inches in length. The blooms are mostly whitish, but can be pink to lilac on the tips; however, they are rarely totally white. They are a nectar source for the rounded metalmark butterfly. Dried plants have an odor similar to vanilla.
Golden-Eye Phlox, Roemer Phlox (Phlox roemeriana), Polemoniaceae Family, Texas endemic native, annual, blooms February through May
Golden-eye phlox may be a plant that goes unnoticied all year until it blooms (if it can fight its way through other plants). It can be found growing natively in the dry well-drained limestone soils of central Texas in the Edwards Plateau and in the adjacent High Plains Regions. Although it usually grows in clay or clay loam on rocky slopes and limestone barrens or more commonly in grasslands on uplands, it occasionally grows in sandier substrates. It is common on roadsides where fall mowing reduces shading by taller warm-season grasses.
It is very low growing typically reaching a height of three to five inches, but sometimes it may grow as tall as twelve inches. The slender 2” long and 3/8” wide leaves are covered with fine hairs and have longer hairs along the margins. The leaves sre alternately arranged on the stem.
Although the bloons are small, they standout in a crowd. Usually the bloom is a bright to magenta pink with a lighter pink to white center and a yellow or golden eye. However, the bloom may be a light purple or rarely white. It has pinkish purple lines pointing to the corolla tube which are called nectar guides. These assist insects with locating the center of the bloom, thereby, helpong the bloom become pollinated and helping the insect locate nectar quickly. Blooms of some plants (usually visited by bees) have low ultraviolet reflectance near the center of each petal. These nectar guides can not been seen by the human eye. The fruit are very small, ball-shaped capsules.
I just have to add this interesting report:
"FOILED BY SPIDERS The arrival of an insect-hungry crab spider (Misumenops celer) on a golden-eye phlox blossom (Phlox roemeriana) often spells misfortune for this central Texas wildflower. The spider is a sit-and-wait predator, but before sitting, it remodels its host. By tying together two of the five phlox petals to form a bower, the spider may perhaps be shading itself from the sun or concealing itself from its insect prey. Whatever its purpose, the bower significantly reduces the flower's chances of getting pollinated and setting seed, according to biologist James Ott and his colleagues at Southwest Texas State University. It's not because the spider's handiwork blocks access to the flower's reproductive organs; failure is just as likely even when the bower doesn't cover carpels and stamens. Ott says the next question he wants to answer is what prevents pollination: Do pollinators learn to avoid flowers with bowers or do they get eaten before they can deposit any pollen? ("The effect of spider-mediated flower alteration on seed production in golden-eye phlox," as published in The Southwestern Naturalist 43, 1998.
I couldn't find any information about whether or not he ever found the answer to his question.
The blooms on this Golden-Eye Phlox, Roemer Phlox (Phlox roemeriana) do not have white around their centers, just a slightly lighter color. The "yellow" is more of a gold than that of the previous specimen of which I posted a photo. They do have guide lines. This plant is so short that debri was splattered onto its petals during a heavy rain.
Small Flower Gaura, Lizardtail (Lizard Tail, Gaura, Velvetleaf Gaura, Velvetweed, Downy Gaura, (Gaura mollis), Onagraceae Family, Texas native, annual, blooms April through October (sometimes November)
Lizardtail Gaura has erect stems and usually attains a height of between 4-6 feet (usually shorter than 6 feet); however, it can grow up to 9 feet tall. It natively grows on dry, disturbed sites, roadsides, rocky prairie hillsides, waste areas and in open woods. The hairy (velvety) leaves are entire, very green, lanceolate to oblanceolate and up to 8 inches long. They have an ivory colored midvein. The stems have longer and thicker hairs on them than the leaves do. The tiny pink blooms are about 1/4 inch wide with the petals being about 1/8" long. The blooms open at night or before dawn and really show up backlit by early morning or late afternoon sunlight. The flower tubes (hypanthiums) are red. Apex flower stalks (flower spikes) are about1 2" long and have small, tightly packed buds. The blloom stalks are bent or nodding; hence, the common name "lizardtail gaura". The 4-sided fruits are about 1/4" long and they taper to both ends. Some Native American Tribes used the roots to treat snakebites.
Wild Garlic, Drummond's Onion, Drummond Wild Onion, Prairie Onion (Allium drummondii), Alliaceae Family, Texas native, perennial, bulb, blooms March through May
This is the most widely distributed wild onion species in Texas growing natively in various soils and vegetative areas. The 3/4 inch wide blooms have tepals not petals, appear on a slender flower stem, are clustered in an umbel and may be a variety of hues from white to pale pink to dark rose. They produce shiny black seeds. An asexual form produces tiny bulbets at the tips of the flower stalks. This species may be distinguished from Allium canadense by examining the underground bulbs. The outer covering of Allium drummondii bulbs are papery; wheras, Allium canadense bulbs have a criss-cross fiber-type coating surrounding them. Both smell oniony and both types of bulbs are edible. Just do not confuse them with crow-poison, false garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve) which neither smells like garlic nor onion and is poisonous.
Texas Bluebonnet, ( Lupinus texensis ) Legume family, ( Fabaceae ) Annual, native plant endemic to Texas, bloom period, March---May.The state flower of Texas.
For the first time in my life (60 years), I have seen pink bluebonnets growing in a native environment. I found 2 plants today in a field in Northwest San Antonio. These are very rarely found occurring naturally. According to Texas A&M University, "In the wild it occurs only once in every ten million bluebonnets. And the chance of finding a pink bluebonnet, well it’s one in a hundred million." I hit the jackpot finding 2 plants. :o) There is an 'Abbott Pink' cultivar that has been developed through selective breeding.
Warning: Do not read the next paragraph if religion offends you. We are all entitled to our own beliefs. This post will probably be pulled and I am expecting my first "warning".
If you read the legend, you discovered/will discover that the legend states that the pink bluebonnet symbolizes the struggle to survive. Finding these 2 rare specimens has much meaning for me. My Mother and my husband's ex-mother-in-law were called by their Father to join Him recently within 2 weeks of each other. They both struggled to survive ... I would like to think these 2 specimens were meant for me to find during my time of grief as a symbol that they experienced joyous release from their physical bodies and the struggles that they were experiencing. As I found these beautiful plants, I realized what gifts I had been given. The pain of my 2 losses lessened as I realized that they indeed had been given the promised gift and they no longer need to struggle to survive. I should be rejoicing for them.
The second specimen of the rare pink bluebonnet next to a "regular" bluebonnet as seen from the top. I noticed how the open blooms touch each other appearing to form a circle. The bloom petioles radiate out making the blooms look like a wagon wheel. Unfortunately, the wind was so strong, I could not capture a "perfect" view of this. The pink bloom clusters seems to be a bit more compact than the blue bloom cluster.
Hazel, your post is beautiful and I am so glad that you found such rare plants and they helped you to make sense of your loss and gave you peace and joy.
If they delete your post, we will have to have a big protest, but I don't think they will do it.
Foxglove, Fairy Thimbles, Dewflower, Wild Belladonna, Beardtongue, Showy Beardtongue, Balmony (Penstemon cobaea), Scrophulariaceae Family, native, short lived herbaceous perennial, blooms April through June
Foxglove is found on dry open prairies and eroded pastures and hillsides, slopes, bluffs and edges of creeks on chalk loam, limestone loam, gypsum loam or sandy loam soils. It is an upright, hairy perennial that has a thick, tuberous root. This root assists with its surviving scorching dry summers. In the summer, it whithers down and appears to be dead. In late winter, a thick, compact clump of leaves and a tall stem laden with buds emerges. It produces very large, 2" long, tubular white to violet to deep purple flowers (largest blooms of any native penstemon).and is pollinated by large bees which need to crawl inside the corolla tube. That is why the filaments of the four stamens are curved and rigid in order to prevent the corolla tube from collapsing. The long style sticks out past the lip of the corolla. This penstemon attracts a variety of moths and nectar insects, hummingbirds and butterflies. It is a larval host for the dotted checkerspot butterfly. Collect seed in summer when capsules are brown and seeds are black. Germination is best with cold-moist stratification. It may be propagted from herbaceous stem cuttings also. Foxglove is suitable for rock gardens, native plant gardens, wildscapes and other cultivated areas. Root rot can occur in wet, poorly-drained soils.
Plant as seen highlighted with late afternoon sunlight ... note the orange flags in the far background that mark this road for expansion; all the lovely native plants will be destroyed. I am trying to save them in photos. I did dig up 5 plants to put in my landscape. Digging them up without damaging their roots was difficult in the limestone laden soil.
A bloom which is large and is pollinated by large bees which need to crawl inside the corolla tube. That is why the filaments of the four stamens are curved and rigid in order to prevent the corolla tube from collapsing. The long style sticks out past the lip of the corolla.
Is there a State law that says "If any flower appears in any ditch, it must be mowed at once"?
We just had a large patch of Wine Cups near our mailbox that got to bloom for two days.
They mowed down to bare earth yesterday.
Rats!!! They are terrible, those mowing guys wouldn't know a flower from a snake.
They mowed some shrubs at the wildscape that we had been nurturing for a long time.
Good to hear from you Trois.
Sunshine Mimosa, Powderpuff, Herbaceous Sensitive Plant, Verguenza, Herbaceous Mimosa(Mimosa strigillosa), Mimosaceae Family, native, perennial, blooms from early spring through early fall
Usually growing 3 to 4 inches tall (can grow taller), this plant is a legume that fixes nitrogen in addition to functioning as a fast growing, mat-forming, evergreen groundcover and can even be substituted for lawn grass. I It spreads by rhizomes, can be mowed, usually has soft bristles (but no spines) and tolerates foot traffic. It grows in sun and light shade and adapts to a wide range of soil acidity levels as well as moisture levels.
Performing best in loamy or sandy soils, it can adapt to about any type of soil. It has excellent salt and drought tolerance and is a great xeriscape plant. Its tiny, fern-like leaves fold back when touched or when there is a strong vibration near them. Showy, globe-shaped (sometimes a little oblongish instead of a ball), reddish-pink to lavender-rose colored, 1 inch wide blooms are held straight up above the foliage.
In its natural habitats, it can be found in open areas in sandy woodlands, along stream or lake banks, mixed in with brush and along roadsides. It serves as a larval food source for the Little Sulphur, White-striped Longtail Skipper, Mimosa Yellow and Reakirt's Blue butterfly caterpillars. The foliage is browsed by white-tailed deer and cattle.
Note: I want to emphasize that this plant does not have thorns (has soft prickles) so do not confuse it with a young sensitive briar (Mimosa malacophylla) plant. You don't want to plant senstive briar in places you want to walk through. Ouch!
Blooms had been been rained upon so the filaments were squashed down a bit instead poking out in all directions in their usual starburst shape. Because of this, you are able to see into the bloom's center very well. The leaves have folded up because I touched the stem to better position the bloom.
Drummond's Gaura (Gaura drummondii), Onagraceae Family, native, perennial, blooms April through October
Drummond's Gaura (Gaura drummondii) is also known as sweet gaura and scented gaura. It spreads by rhizomes and is 8" to 36" tall by 2 feet wide. Sweet gaura is multi-branched at the base and its one to three inches long leaves are narrow (up to 7/8 inch wide) and lanceolate to elliptic in shape. Its stem typically has hairs, but not always. Its 6-10 mm long flower petals are white and fade to pink or reddish-pink. It blooms in the late afternoon or evening and the blooms stay open through the next morning. It is pollinated by small moths and butterflies. It has erect, reddish-brown, 7-13 mm long, 4-sided (4-ridged, furrowed between the ridges), nut-like fruit that do not open to release seeds. They are ovoid in shape. The fruit contains 2 to 8 seeds. The seeds must be surface sown. It genarally is not considered a serious noxious weed.
I have a plant that has come up beside the marker for Agalinis.. When I looked at the edwardsiana the septals are different from my plant... the tenufolia has purple flowers and darker foliage... So many Agalinises!! LOL. Some didn't even show the pics or the pics did not reveal the septals...
So I need some help before I enter this one in the files. I want to make sure it's 100% correct
Josephine, I have several thousands of this type plant, and I think at least 3 of the several Agalinis types. My problem is collecting seeds.
Can you show some seeds and the pods they are in?
I would like to gather quite a few to take to the swaps and RUs. So far, the seed pods and bloom pods seem to look the same, or I am completely off.
Hello Trois, the way I gathered mine was after the plant started to turn yellow and dry out I pulled the plant out of the ground very carefully and put it upside down in a paper sack and shook the the seeds out. They are very fine and hard to handle otherwise. The seed pods and the bloom buds look almost the same, but the seedpods are a little smaller and light brown when mature.
Good luck with your seed gathering.
Josephine, this is the type growing nearest the house. Some of these are about 4 feet tall and covered with blooms. Can you determine the type of this one? The leaves shown are typical for the whole plant.
Thanks, Josephine. My guess on this one is none of the above, based on the two yellow stripes inside the flower. I do have the Purple Gerardia and some others. I guess I need to print out pictures of everything and take them outside and do a lot of comparing
That is the one I was relating to but the leaves and stems are different.
I think mine have been hybridizing since there are several types near each other, and the bees are working them without checking their ID.
I have been trying to unravel these for about 3 years and have found conflicts everywhere I look, except for the Purple Gerardias.
I have certainly enjoyed the flowers as of about 5 years ago their were few. Selective mowing and stopping late season mowing has caused a massive spreading of these little beauties. And it looks like I will have a lot of seeds to share, if anyone wants some.
The A. edwardsiana grow here normally. They're just trying to come back now after the drought almost wiped them out. In San Antonio, A heterophylla is seen in some locations. Also I've seen what I believe was A. densiflora in just one location in San Antonio. I'd love to have some of your Agalinis, if you don't mind, trois. I plan to collect some seed from the A. heterophylla when it's ready and could trade you that if you want it. I doubt if there will be enough A. edwardsiana to even try to collect any seed this year.
Tobacco, Cultivated Tobacco, Smoking Tobacco, Herbe a La Reine
(Nicotiana tabacum) 'Rose 36' - Although may be considered a cultivar, it is the "rosey" form of the plant. I am listing it here so that people are aware of how beautiful tobacco plant blooms are and to serve as an identification reference. I grew 'Rose 36' (Nicotiana tabacum) from seed as a cultivated ornamental plant in a container this past year. It provided blooms until the first hard freeze. Its container was placed under an evergreen tree which provided some protection. This winter, the plant has withstood many freezing nights and still remains alive with new growth occurring as the temperatures begin to warm. It has been a carefree plant and has only required occassional extra water when temperatures soared. The bloom clusters are very appealing. The sweet scent of the blooms is usually released in the evening. The plant attracts butterflies and moths. Spent flowerheads should be removed to keep the plant blooming. If this is not done, the plant can become weedy and eventually die. Seed need to be surface sown.
All parts of this plant are highly poisonous. Not recomended for planting where young children are able to access the plant. Especially when the leaves are eaten, death can occur.
Now, my uneducated question is this. These stands of blooms are only 4 to 6 inches tall. All the Oenothera speciosa listed in the PlantFiles show a height of 18-24 inches if I recall. Am I barking up the wrong tree?
Pod, I am sorry to tell you, but it is not Oenothera speciosa, the petals are too narrow.
Can you show us a picture of the foliage?
I am trying to think what it is but haven't found it yet, maybe Hazel will know, it does look like Carolina geranium, but not sure, it surely is an adorable flower.
Yes, I will try to get a foliage photo this morning. Won't be able to post till evening. I know it is difficult to tell by a photo but the markings and the shape of the petal looked similar, the height was what confused me. Thank you Josephine.
podster, my bluebonnets are only a few inches tall and blooming. They should be much taller by now, however, the lack of rain in my area has stunted them. My larkspur are dwarfed also. . They are only about 5 inches tall and are starting to bloom. I think y'all have had more rain though. I was thinking that maybe the plants have been dwarfed. However, I agree with Josephine because the petals should be wider.
Those do seem similar although the markings on the petals resemble those on Htops' photo from above.
Now, I am going to throw a curve here. But first, if I shouldn't use this thread to ID a plant, please let me know and I will move it elsewhere. I'll not be offended.
I went out for a photo this a.m. It was around 8 before I left for work. With cloud cover and I was surprised to see the blooms had not opened yet. I took a few photos in an attempt to get the foliage and I do believe it is like blades of grass. There are a few other weeds mixed in and I need to uproot one to look at it with bloom attached.
I can't resist showing this picture of my Mountain Pinks. Maybe they should go in the white flower section, but there is a pink one in the picture also.
The backside of our hill is covered with them each year, and usually there are two or three white ones. I have never seen white ones anywhere else. There were two this year, and I planted some seed from one of them. Hopefully they will germinate and grow for me.