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Tuesday - February 17, 2009

From: Cleburne, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Perennial herbs and woody species for North Texas
Answered by: Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

I have recently moved to North Texas. It would be helpful to know some hardy perennial flowers to plant. Also what types of shrubs and trees that do well in the area. Thank you.

ANSWER:

Among the many user-friendly features of the Native Plant Information Network website are the Recommended Species Lists in which you can do custom searches. When you go to the Recommended Species page, you will see that Texas has been divided into several regions.  You are in the North Central Texas region. Clicking on that region produces a list of 105 plant species native to and recommended for landscaping in your area.  Near the top of the page you will see a "Narrow Your Seach" tool.  Click on the title and choose "Tree" from the "Habit" dropdown menu to find a list of 29 tree species for your area.  You can do a similar search for shrubs.  Or choose "Herb" in the "Habit" dropdown and "Perennial" in the "Duration" dropdown to get a list of 25 herbaceous perennials suitable for landscapes in North-central Texas.

Take some time to explore NPIN and discover some of the many useful tools at your disposal there!

 

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