Saturday, October 25, 2014

Last post on Texas Native Plant week

This will be my last post recognizing and celebrating Texas Native Plant Week, October 19 - 25. 
Today, it is all about the unknown.
The unidentified.
I will give some of my observations about these native plants that I have yet to identify.

This one has beautiful gray-green soft color which I really like.
It is pubescent, meaning covered with hairs and is nice to touch. 
I fear it is a very prolific and probably on the farmers' dreaded noxious weed list.
Nevertheless, I will add one to my near-the-house gardens.

This unknown looks a lot like a Heuchera.
I see it growing low to the ground but that could be because the ones that I have observed are in areas that are mowed. 
I really like the leaf shape and coloration and plan to use it as a ground cover in shady areas.
Although, I have seen it in full sun as well. 
I don't remember seeing it bloom; however, it may bloom in spring.
I will be watching.

This one again.
I love this plant.
It grows as tall and taller than me.
At daylight, I'm going out to see if any of these seed heads remain. 
I have been seeing the birds working this area.
It is a beautiful plant that has rust color during it's peak and then as it begins to die, it all turns rust as you can see in the background of this photo. 

If left to grow, in other words, not in the mower's path, this unknown has a very desirable branching habit.
I think it could be grown as a small hedge. 
I do remember seeing it in bloom and I think it is a violet-purplish color.
I will have to wait until spring for the blooms and then I should be able to identify it.

This unknown with a small yellow flower is a bogsy type plant. 
It pops up near the edge of the water each year. 
It is growing in an area that is under water when the tank is full. 

This is a nice little shade loving shrubby plant.
It grows from runners underground. 
Sometimes I love it and sometimes I don't 
I think I'm back to the lovin it stage.

 I forgot that it made this little berry-fruit-seeds.
Because not all of them have these. 
This might be clue to identifying this native.

2 comments:

  1. I do have 2,4 &6 at my farm. I was just reading yesterday about the wild liatris that grows in boggy ground and it is a bad thing to spread, making desirable native plants scarce. My south forty is full of it. Hate to spray herbicide to get rid of it but there is too much to pull out. I find wild versions of most of the plants they sell at plant stores. Around here, it is hard to keep the wilderness at bay. I shudder to think what would happen if we were gone for a year or two. I think I shared that I had transplanted wild roses and wild violets next to the house and gold fish pond, and they have taken over.

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    1. Hello Donna,
      I have lots more native plants growing that I get overwhelmed trying to id them. I have made several (3 or 6) big mistakes moving some of the pretty ones closer to the house. Or just letting them take hold when they show up. Big mistakes. At one point I reasoned that I just needed to learn to appreciate them where they are but I'm again on the verge of trying some around the house. I think the difference is that I am retired now and do have time to squeeze in to keep the in check. And I'm not having much luck with store bought stuff. Thanks for stopping by, I just add you blog to my list and will be following you now to keep up with what you got going on.

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