Grows quickly from cuttings and will set down roots when the stem nodes lay on the ground. Grows extremely well in south Texas - grows from 12 to 18 inches tall and is a good filler plant. Puts out tiny lilac colored flowers from bract tips.
Am tempted to say this plant is invasive because it grows too well in my yard!!!
Pride of Barbados Caesalpinia pulcherrima Extremely attractive foliage and flowers. Butterflies and bees love the blooms. This is also the larval host plant for the Curved Wing Metalmark butterfly in south Texas.
Lots of areas around the lower Rio Grande Valley use this to form hedges. Really colorful!!!
Will say this is very drought resistant and invasive - well, out in south Texas anyway. It grows along the barbed wire fencing and pretty much can cover large areas of the fence.
When it blooms it attracts all kinds of butterflies and bees. I love to drive around the back roads of the ranch and stop to look over each clump of this and admire all the butterflies on them.
It also serves as the larval host for the Fatal Metalmark butterfly. I've seen gobs of them on these vines but have not been able to find any eggs or caterpillars...but considering the size and density of these vines it's like looking for a needle in a haystack! :o)
Texas Wild Olive Cordia boissieri This is a native to south Texas and very drought resistant and is somewhat salt resistant. It serves as a good nectar host for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
These grow wild at our ranch so if you are looking to trade for a tree you'll have to give me time to find one small enough for shipping.
Golden Dew Drop Duranta erecta Extremely attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. This plant is one of the larval hosts for the rare Marius Hairstreak butterfly (Rekoa marius).
It has served as a larval host for the Forbes Silkmoth (Forbesi Lebeau Rothschildia).
Firecracker Shrub Hamelia patens Grows well from cuttings. Very attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Can be pruned down to form a dense hedge. I have hedges of this growing on both sides of my driveway. I took this photograph when it was about 6 feet tall. It has since grown to about 8 feet tall. I prune it back after winter to about 18 inches and by early Spring it is already a good three feet tall. Grows and fills in quickly.
This plant is also the larval host for the Pluto Sphinx moth (Xylophanes pluto).
Yellow Morning Glory ipomoea ochracea I have several huge vines of this. It is a prolific bloomer. There's something to be said for this rare beauty - lots of folks are amazed to find out there is a yellow morning glory!
I harvest seeds around January of each year and on up to about July.
I removed a huge vine earlier this year and now I am finding lots of little seedlings popping up in my yard - but am not sure if they are i. ochracea or i. obscura - Dainty Pale Yellow Morning Glory that has tiny 1" diameter blooms (see entry above this one for photo) as they were intertwined in that area. Hence the removal of both vines.
If interested in seedlings, I can probably dig a few up to ship out...but not sure how they will do during transport. Just remember...I'm not sure if they are i. ochracea or i. obscura.
Texas Lantana Lantana horrida Very attractive to butterflies and bees. This plant is also the larval host for the Lantana Scrub Hairstreak butterfly in south Texas. It does well in dry sandy soil. It grows wild out in the back pastures of our ranch. They grow all along the barbed wire fences because birds perch on the fence line and well, birds being birds, they poop out the seeds from the berries they've eaten!!!
I transplanted a couple of small plants to my yard in the city last year and they are now 8 to 10 feet tall (It's amazing what a sprinkler system and fertilizer can do for them!!! I don't prune them back either).
This plant serves as a larval host (caterpillar food) plant for several butterflies: White-patched Skipper, Brown-banded Skipper, Funereal Duskywing, Cassius Blue, Marius Hairstreak and Strophius Hairstreak.
In deep south Texas (Hidalgo, Starr and Cameron County) is serves as the larval host plant for the Tropical Checkered-Skipper. I have raised and released those skippers on it.
Have also read the Red-Crescent Scrub Hairstreak uses it but have yet to find any of that butterfly's caterpillars on it. Then again, considering how well this grows down here there are just too many plants to check over. I will keep looking and do hope to raise and release some Red-Crescent Scrub Hairstreaks on it this year.
Yellow Orchid Vine Mascagnia macroptera Nice clusters of yellow flowers that turn into green seed pods that resemble a butterfly! Will turn brown when they dry out and then they resemble a brown butterfly :o)
Sets down roots when tendrils are left on the ground.
Florida Pellitory Parietaria floridana The Red Admiral butterfly uses this plant as a larval host. Caterpillars feed on the leaves and form a refugium (leaf nest) where they stay hidden and form a chrysalis.
On a good note - is serves as the larval host (caterpillar food) plant for the Red Admiral butterfly.
Texas Ebony Pithecellobium flexicaule This is a very slow growing tree - or maybe we tend to think that since it is a native to south Texas and we are always under drought conditions. Not sure if they'd grow faster with deep watering and fertilizer.
The seeds germinate fairly quickly but the tree growly slowly.
They put out lots of scented blooms and are very attractive to bees and butterflies. The tree branches form a dense canopy of foliage and serves as a good nesting site for birds.
This tree is the larval host for several butterflies: White Angled-Sulphur, Large Orange Sulphur, Cassius Blue and Coyote Skipper.
Honey Mesquite Prosopis glandulosa This grows wild at the ranch. Many folks grind up the dried bean pods and use the flour for baking. Everyone out here uses the dried wood for bar-b-que pits. Bees use the nectar from the flowers to make a wonderful tasting honey :o)
The local wildlife use the bean pods and leaves as a food source...even the coyotes are known to eat the bean pods.
Extremely drought resistant.
Several local artisans use mesquite wood for crafts. It is a very hard wood and the coloring - a blend of creamy yellow and deep reddish brown is truly beautiful when used for decorations and furniture.
If you are interested in trading for a tree you'll have to give me time to find one small enough for shipping that I can dig up - they do have long taproots!
Pigeon Berry Rivina humilis This grows wild at the ranch in both full sun and shade. Very drought resistant and grows anywhere from about 10 to 18 inches tall. The leaves provide lots of green foliage and will turn a purplish color during the winter (not that we get much of a winter).
This plant is supposed to be the larval host for the Goodson's Greenstreak but I've never seen one of those butteflies at the ranch so can't say for sure if they use it.
Candle Bush Senna alata Seedlings keep sprouting in my butterfly garden from fallen seeds! Grows easily and quickly from seeds.
Boaterbush Waltheria indica This grows wild back at the ranch and is a larval host for the Mallow Scrub Hairstreak butterfly. Lots of the smaller butterflies nectar from these plants.
If you want to trade for this give me time to look for a small one to dig up. They get pretty big and heavy out here.
Colima Zanthoxylum fagara This is a native of south Texas and is very drought resistant. It is also the larval host for several butterflies: Giant Swallowtail, Ornythion Swallowtail, Thoas Swallowtail, Dingy Purplewing and Sickle-winged Skipper. It is also the larval host for the Forbesi Rothschildia Silkmoth.
This has a very deep taproot so if you are looking for rooted trees you'll have to give me time to dig it up from the ranch.