Swamp Hibiscus, Texas Star Hibicus, ( Hibiscus coccineus ) Native plant, Brilliant red fowers last one day, Perennial,likes water but can live ouside a swamp.
I have these grwoing on a slope with regular watering.
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Autumm Sage, Cherry Sage ( Salvia greggii ) Native perennial, blooms Spring till frost, attracts hummingbirds,
very easy to grow and propagate.
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Cedar Sage, Roemer's Sage (Salvia roemeriana), Lamiaceae Family, endemic Texas native, perennial, can bloom from spring until early frost, but mostly at the end of the summer and in the fall; one of the salvias that can spice up a shady area; found "in the wild" growing under cedar trees.
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Drummond Phlox, Phlox drummondii, Polemoniaceae Family, annual endemic to Texas, scarlet red to deep velvety red, , 8" to 18" growing prostrate, may bloom bloom almost year round, prefers deep sandy soil, named after Thomas Drummond who gathered seed near Gonzales in 1834 to take back to England. There are six subspecies of P. drummondii, difficult to differentiate between them.
Fragrant gaillardia is also known as gyp Indian blanket and rayless blanket flower. It grows in sand, loam, shallow gravelly soil or clay on open, dry and rocky sites. Not requiring much water, it prefers and does best when planted in sandy or gypsum soils. I have found sites that recommend a soil acidity level of above 6.8; however, I have have found them happily growing in limestoney soils that have an alkaline ph. It will grow in full sun or partial shade; but, has see more blooms in full sun.
In a cultivated environment, adequate moisture and removal of mature flowerheads will encourage flowering until fall. I find them quite beautiful. Enjoy their beauty and fragrance by planting them in thick clumps near an entranceway or where you walk frequently. Also, they are useful in xeriscapes, wildscapes and rock gardens.
This wildflower has a single ball-shaped bloom which appears at the top of a very tall flowerstalk. Several petals are starting to emerge from this one. The petals will fall off quickly leaving just the ball-shaped flowerhead.
Texas Betony, Scarlet Hedgenettle (Stachys coccinea), Lamiaceae Family. Texas native, perennial, evergeen, blooms in mid-spring through the first frost
One of my favorites because it is evergreen, very heat and cold tolerant and disease and insect free. It has withstood 113 degree and 17 degree weather! At 17 degrees it experienced some freeze burn on young leaves. It blooms almost constantly except during extreme cold. Tender young leaves turn a crimson in cold weather. It performs wonderfully in sun or partial shade. It makes a great landscape plant and can be used in rock gardens (give it plenty of room because it tends to have a wide spread), xeriscapes and wildscapes.
(Photo taken with my then new camera) Even the stems of the Texas Betony turn to beautiful shades of dark purple, burgandy, mauve and mottled greens when cold weather arrives. It provides interest all year long. Shown here at the end of February.
Devil's Bouquet, Devil's-Bouquet, Devil's Boutonniere, Scarlet Muskflower, Scarlet Musk-Flower (Nyctaginia capitata), Nyctaginaceae Family, Texas native, blooms from March or April through November, listed as a perennial in most references (some online references state that it is an annual), deciduous
Devil's bouquet, scarlet musk-flower (Nyctaginia capitata) is the only species in the Nyctaginia genus. It is an upright to sprawling, tuberous rooted (parsley-like) perennial that attains a height of between 6 and 18 inches. It is a native to New Mexico, Texas and northern Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo León). In Texas, it can be found in loamy, sandy or calcareous soils of the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains regions in full to partial sun. It is usually observed growing on arid grasslands, old fields, upland woodlands, shrub-lands, rocky slopes and roadsides. Devil’s bouquet prefers dry soil, but also prospers in soils that are medium moist. Hummingbirds are attracted to the blooms which appear in large clusters and are quite showy and impossible to miss. I screeched my car to a halt when I spotted them as I drove by a construction site. Devil's bouquet would make a great rock garden, xeriscae, wildscape or cultivated garden plant (even though the fragarnce of the blooms might offend some people; it didn't bother me at all).
Scarlet flax is a wildflower that is indigenous to North Africa and Southern Europe, but has become naturalized in other desert areas. It can be grown successfully in all regions in the United States in Zones 3 -10 and has escaped cultivation in some areas becoming a naturalized plant. Scarlet flax perfers loose sandy soils; however, it is highly adaptable to other types of soils as well as long as the soil is fast draining. It is drought tolerant and can be grown in full sun or light shade (blooms better in full sun). The cup-shaped, satiny sheened blooms are a brilliant velvety red and the petals are sometimes outlined in black and appear on long stalks. It reseeds itself and is easily started from seed. Plant the seeds in the fall or spring in the desired location. The plants do not transplant well. This wildflower can be used successfully in wildscapes, xeriscapes and rock gardens.
Another Texas Star Hibiscus ( Hibiscus coccineus ). Native plant grows to over 7' in Houston. Very easy to propagate from seeds--a "no fail" first perennial native to grow from seed for the beginner. There is also a rare white variety.
Shrubby copperleaf is a trailing plant that can found growing natively in shaded limestone outcrops in wooded canyons and deep, dry creek and river gravel bars. It is frequently located in oak, juniper and pinyon woodlands. When I first saw this plant, I thought it was a rouge plant; however, on closer inspection, I determined that the flower spikes were quite different. Distinguishing it from other Acalypha are the staminate flowers at the tip of the inflorescences. The rose to reddish colored male flowers have conspicuous yellow anthers and the female flowers which are beneath the male flowers have leafy bracts under each flower. The total length of the flower spike is about 2" or 3". Seed capsules are formed above the bracts and contain 3 seeds which are especially liked by house sparrows. The plant is used as a medicinal herb in Mexico. The aerial parts of Acalypha phleoides are prescribed for a variety of gastrointestinal problems. It contains an antispasmodic agent.
This is another plant about which I only am able to locate a tad of information.
Ladies, don't you wish they would stop confusing people with the name changes and the synonyms?
You would think a scientific name would stick, or that if they changed it they would have a better way of letting people know about it.
It can be very confusing.
I wanted to put more on Turk's Cap, Malvaviscus arboreus var. Drummondii, a Texas native. I'm putting a photo below of my "mother plant", as I call it. I bought it from a nursery (my first Turk's Cap). Now it has many offspring, but the mother plant is the biggest. I can't even get the whole thing into one picture. I've been in awe of this wonderful plant from the first season it bloomed. From Trees, Shrubs and Vines of the Texas Hill Country:
"A big, large-leaved perennial, woody only near its base, with bright red blossoms much of the summer and fall; prefers moist, shady sites near streams and springs. Along with many beautiful wildflowers, such as winecup and rose mallow, Turk's cap is in the mallow family. Though somewhat invasive, it is a good shade-tolerant ornamental that can be pruned every other year to control its spread. Turks cap is readily propagated from seed or green cuttings. The leaves can be made into a poultice for use as a soothing emolient, and its flowers are used medicinally in Mexico to promote menstrual flow. The blossoms are an important nectar source for butterflies and the ruby-throated hummingbird on its fall migration from the northeastern United States through Texas and into Mexico. The small, mealy red fruit is edible either coooked or raw and is food for many birds and mammals."
Obviously, I don't prune my mother plant back much. I just can't bear to lose many blooms. I've watched as butterflies nectar from it. They seem to insert their proboscis through the petals that are curled around each other, so I assume the nectar is inside there somewhere. BTW, the bloom is edible also.
(See entry above)
I didn't know whether to put these photos here on the thread with its entry or under "Other" because the blooms are actually a brownish color. I found a group of fragrant gaillardia plants that all actually have blooms that have entire ray flowers which is very rare. I took me a while to decide what they were because I have never seen any that had entire ray flowers. I identified them by their leaves, growth habit, long spathe, etc. The color of the ray flowers are an interesting coppery, reddish-brown or orangey brown which I have never observed any other plant's blooms being. It is very difficult to describe and I found it very difficult to capture their true colors with my digital camera. The blooms are very beautiful. I found them in the same field that I observed pink bluebonnets and white bluebonnets.
Bloom bud on a plant whose blooms have ray flowers ...
A group of plants that all of the blooms have ray flowers; the blooms (coppery reddiish-brown) are large and easily seen from a good distance. I went bacj to take more photos in different light to see if I could capture the true color of the blooms and to collect any ripe seeds. A truck had plowed through them to get to a vacant house on the other side of a fence on the right in the photo). Not one scape was left standing. My luck ... :o) I think that most of the plants are okay.
Yes, absolutely, it is in Dalworthington Gardens right next to Arlington.
You have to follow the trails and look closely, but if you look you will find interesting things there.
If you are thinking of going there, maybe I could go with you? I live not too far from there.