Rent Shop Volunteer Join

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - February 04, 2009

From: Dallas, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Wildflower mix for East Texas
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Hello! My boss is interested in planting a wild flower mix along his county road and the road that leads to his house. They live in between Athens and Palestine and have sandy loam soil .. which flowers would you recommend?

ANSWER:

The first thing that we would recommend is that this planting not take place until late Fall. The best practice on seeding is to do it when the flowers do it; that is, when they have finished blooming and made and scattered their seeds, which in Texas is in the Fall. Hopefully, there will be Fall rains, the seeds will get some cold stratification from the Winter weather, and in early Spring will be ready to start popping up. Properly done, this process will be self-perpetuating. Not all the seeds will germinate the first year, some will wait for prime conditions for one, two or more years. In addition, the ones that do come up will do their own seed creating, and the area will become rich in Texas wildflowers.

Rather than make individual flower recommendations, let us refer you to some experts in Texas wildflower mixes, Native American Seed in Junction, Texas.  They have an online catalog and do mail order. Each mix will detail the plants included and you can look them up in our Native Plant Database. We looked at some mixes and here are some of our favorites for your project.

Lady Bird's Legacy Wildflower Mix

Caddo Mix - great for East Texas

Hummers and Singers - attract the birds

Texas-Oklahoma Roadside Mix

Here are some of the selections from the Caddo Mix, follow the link to the database and find out more about the plant. You can, of course, add other plants by purchasing individual packets of seeds.

Dracopis amplexicaulis (clasping coneflower)

Monarda citriodora (lemon beebalm)

Gaillardia aristata (common gaillardia)

Chamaecrista fasciculata (partridge pea)

Coreopsis tinctoria (golden tickseed)

Rudbeckia fulgida (orange coneflower)

Phlox drummondii (annual phlox)

Desmanthus illinoensis (Illinois bundleflower)

Oenothera speciosa (pinkladies)

Physostegia intermedia (slender false dragonhead)

Aphanostephus skirrhobasis (Arkansas dozedaisy)


Dracopis amplexicaulis

Monarda citriodora

Gaillardia aristata

Chamaecrista fasciculata

Coreopsis tinctoria

Rudbeckia fulgida

Phlox drummondii

Desmanthus illinoensis

Oenothera speciosa

Physostegia intermedia

Aphanostephus skirrhobasis

 

 

 

 

More Wildflowers Questions

Pollinators for Washington State
June 26, 2015 - Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I am removing invasive knotweed in the Pacific Northwest and I would like to provide native plant alternatives that would flower and provide pollen in the late summer/fall f...
view the full question and answer

Frostweed under oaks
September 29, 2007 - Our 5 acre property is located about 12 miles West of Salado on FM 2843. Under our beautiful Live Oak trees reside some plants that are just coming into bloom (9/29/07). They are about 3-4 ft high wit...
view the full question and answer

More on bluebonnets
March 10, 2007 - It is the first week of March in northeast Oklahoma and I received a wildflower mix that is 60% Lupinus texensis or Texas bluebonnets. Should I wait until fall to plant or can I cold treat or do som...
view the full question and answer

Overwintering Texas bluebonnets
November 17, 2011 - I planted Texas Bluebonnet and I want to know how to save them through the winter months. I think they are so beautiful. Can I cover them with something?
view the full question and answer

Landscaping recommendations for site in Dubuque, IA
March 27, 2010 - I need a seed recommendation. Here are the variables: Location: Dubuque, IA (east Central Iowa) Soil type: Sandy to sandy and gravelly. Part is a riverbank facing east. Steep bank then flat to ...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.