Texas Native Plants & Wildflowers Picture Directory

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

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,

Gardening withTexas Native Plants & Wildflowers

To post pictures of ( Blue ) flowers go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528127/

To post pictures of ( White ) flowers go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528700/

To post pictures of ( Yellow ) flowers go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528705/

To post pictures of ( Purple ) flowers go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528718/

To post pictures of ( Orange ) flowers go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528921/

To post pictures of ( Pink ) flowers go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528933/

To post pictures of ( Red ) flowers go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/528940/

To post pictures of ( Other & Bicolor ) go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/529193/

To post pictures of ( Vines ) go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/529381/

To post pictures of ( Shrubs ) go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/529385/

To post pictures of ( Trees ) go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/529390/

To post pictures of ( Aquatic & Bog ) go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/530092/

To post pictures of ( Grasses Ornamental & Others) go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/530327/

To post pictures of ( Cacti & Desert ) go to http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/532103/

To post pictures of ( Fern, Moss, Lichen & Mushroom)

Gardening with plants that don't require much water.

Three links to Native Plant sites if you need to verify whether your plant is native or not.





For Deer resistant plants check this list.

To see lists of Texas invasive plants go to;

List of Texas Threatened and Endangered Plants

To see the best Search Engine go to
Native plants of Texas Search Engine; http://www.npot.org/

This message was edited Nov 12, 2009 4:58 PM

La Grange, TX(Zone 8b)

Josephine, I'm not sure this is the place you want us to use for voting on whether to accept cultivars and adopted, aka introduced plants, but, here goes.

Adding cultivars would open a Pandora's box. I vote "no" on this. Maybe we could use another thread and link the two.

Adoped gets a yes. They are so wide spread that not to include them may mean not being able to identify a large number wildflowers, shrubs and trees.

Is it possible to group the photos by Families and species sort of along the lines of DG's Plant Files? It would make it easier to navigate through the photos and information.


Gordonville, TX(Zone 7b)

Thread #7, Veronica. :-)

Gordonville, TX(Zone 7b)

Also, it is Trois' birthday today!

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Thank you Mary.

John, I did congratulat him. Josephine.

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Too bad we could not make this a sticky.

Spokane Valley, WA(Zone 5b)

What a stellar idea you've spawned here, frostweed! While I don't visit this Forum often, I really love your idea of having native ID threads for different colors and even types of plants. Well done!

Looking forward to seeing these lovely pics and details in the PlantFiles, if they're not already there. *hint*

Donna, who lived and worked in Fort Worth for 7 years :)

P.S. Have you sent a "Contact Us" email to suggest this thread be made a sticky topic? I just did. ;)

This message was edited Jul 23, 2005 10:05 PM

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

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.

Canyon Lake, TX(Zone 9b)

What is a sticky? I have only been her since Oct., and just found this site. Thanks, Krispi

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

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.

Have fun!

Canyon Lake, TX(Zone 9b)

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

Canyon Lake, TX(Zone 9b)

Maggiemoo, did you get my reply? Krispi

Conroe, TX(Zone 9a)

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.

You'll have to start making plans to attend Dave's statewide Roundup in College Station April 29th: http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/555362/ .

Canyon Lake, TX(Zone 9b)

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

Fate, TX(Zone 8a)

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?

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

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.



San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

I have a pink one and a white variety....tho the pink is prettier...I think. :) I'd love to see the red...

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Txt, I can bring you some when I come to the San Antonio RU.
Here are some pictures from my website.

Boerne new zone 30, TX(Zone 8b)

I have the red one also.

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

Josephine, did you still have some red turk's cap? Would love to have one at the swaparoo... :)

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

O.K. Txt I will bring one for you.

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

You are so very kind, as usual.. :) Thanks, Josephine... :)

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

A bulbs thread would be nice, no? We have a lot of native bulbs...
=) Debbie

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Sure Debbie, which one would youlike to start with?

west Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

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.

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)


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.



Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

I think that is a great idea, would you like to start the thread? and then I will link it to the header sticky?

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

Will do, Thanks.

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

Josephine, I have added the first of the native fern entries.

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Thank you Hazel, I have added it to the top post.

Crawford, TX

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!

This message was edited Nov 3, 2008 7:21 PM

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

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,

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

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.

Crawford, TX


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.

Good luck!


San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

Thank you so much for the information.

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

I have the book you suggested and I refer to it quite often, I have learned a lot from it.

NE Medina Co., TX(Zone 8a)

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.

San Antonio, TX(Zone 8b)

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)

Goldthwaite, TX(Zone 8a)

The "big book" is available online: http://artemis.austincollege.edu/acad/bio/gdiggs/NCTXpdf.htm

North, TX

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

Is it me or is there a problem here?

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