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
1 rating

Tuesday - October 06, 2009

From: Lufkin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Winter wildflower blooming in East Texas in the winter
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Is there a wildflower that will grow/bloom in east texas during the winter that can be tilled into garden in springtime. We put rye and red clover but were interested in getting some color/variety to garden over the winter

ANSWER:

Well, Mr. Smarty Plants knows of a few wildflowers that bloom off and on nearly all year long (e.g., Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)) but none whose prime time for blooming is in the wintertime.  In your area  Oenothera speciosa (pinkladies) can begin blooming as early as February and bloom into July,  Solidago altissima (late goldenrod) and Solidago tortifolia (twistleaf goldenrod) both bloom into November, Thelesperma filifolium var. filifolium (stiff greenthread) can be found blooming in your area February through December; but there isn't any wildflower that predictably will bloom the entire winter season—December through February.  Your best bet is to sow your spring wildflower seeds after you have plowed under your red clover and rye to produce a spectacular spring show.

 


Taraxacum officinale

Oenothera speciosa

Solidago altissima

Solidago tortifolia

Thelesperma filifolium var. filifolium

 

 

More Wildflowers Questions

Wildflowers for wedding mid-spring in Austin, TX
November 10, 2006 - My fiancÚ and I are both native Texans, and we are looking to have a beautiful yet simple wedding on March 31, 2007. We would love to use TX wildflowers. Our colors are white, orange, and blue. Wo...
view the full question and answer

Native flowers versus non-natives
June 30, 2014 - Native flowers versus non-natives. What guidelines do use for identification. I come across flowers in different habitats and can't identify them as natives. Also, how do you attach a image to a ...
view the full question and answer

Green thread-Thelesperman filifolium
May 13, 2007 - Looking for information on a wild flower called green thread. Can you tell us the actual name or any information about this flower.
view the full question and answer

Can you grow Texas bluebonnets in Florida?
April 20, 2009 - Can you grow Texas Bluebonnets in mid-Florida?
view the full question and answer

School Rain Garden in Iowa
January 08, 2013 - Could you recommend plants for a rain garden to be installed on a middle school campus in the Council Bluffs Iowa area???? Many thanks!
view the full question and answer

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