Texas Native Plant Week

Texas Native Plant Week - lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterEryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii) is just one of the many native plants in bloom this season. Learn more about this native plant.

5th Annual Texas Native Plant Week
Proud Texans Plant Texas Natives
October 20 through 26, 2013

On June 16, 2009, Governor Perry signed a bill into law that recognizes the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week. The legislation seeks to recognize the role of native plants in conservation efforts and to create incentive for schools to teach children about the importance of native plants. The Native Plant Society of Texas teamed with State Rep. Donna Howard of Austin to present the bill, which was passed unanimously in both houses.

To mark the annual Texas Native Plant Week, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, the National Wildlife Federation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Native Plant Society of Texas are encouraging the public to learn more about our amazing Texas native plants.

Wildflower Center Activities:

When: October 23, 2013, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
What: Native Plants of Central Texas Walk & Talk with Andrea DeLong-Amaya
          5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - Garden Walk (Meet in Courtyard)
          6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Native Plants of Central Texas Talk (Auditorium)

“Lady Bird Johnson was determined to preserve the wildflowers and native plants that are necessary for healthy ecosystems, and that give each region of our country its unique identity,” said Susan Rieff, director of the Wildflower Center. “We’re honored to be participating in Texas Native Plant Week and to be providing online information for the week’s web site that allows the public to consider iconic Texas plant options for their own backyards as well as larger landscapes.”

Celebrate Texas Native Plant Week this October by learning more about native, drought tolerant plants that provide vitality to yards even during summer and winter drought conditions.

Texas Native Plant Week - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Below is a list of native plants that grow well in Austin and volunteer opportunities during the awareness week.  For more information on statewide efforts go to

Learn more about Native Plant Week on the City of Austin's Website

Help count Austin-area trees as part of the Great Austin Tree Roundup


Below are samples of native plants appropriate for Austin. To learn about other options, go to, where you can find photos and information on thousands of native plants, answers to thousands of questions the public has asked about them, and more.

Ground Cover
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) – part sun or shade; great fall color, sometimes mistaken for poison ivy but is completely harmless to humans.
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) – roots in shade, foliage in sun, part sun; can creep along the ground or climb a trellis, twines without suckering.
Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium, formerly Eupatorium) – sun, part shade; spreads quickly.
Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinnea) - part shade, shade; sow by seed and mow to 4-6 inches

Flowering plants
Esperanza / Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans) - extreme sun, sun, or part shade.
Blue Mistflower (Conoclinium, formerly Eupatorium) – sun, part shade; spreads quickly.
Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinnea) - part shade, shade; sow by seed and mow to 4-6 inches.
Pigeonberry (Rivina humilis) - shade, part shade; blooms and berries at the same time

Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus drummondii) – shade; trim back in the late winter, hummingbirds love it!
Esperanza / Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans) – extreme sun, sun, or part shade; cut back in late winter for a nice show every year.
Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) – part shade.
Evergreen Sumac (Rhus virens) - sun, part shade, shade; Great for yards with lots of limestone and not much soil.
Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus quadrifidis wrightii) – extreme sun, sun, sometimes part shade; Late bloomer, hummingbirds love it. It can spread aggressively.
Aromatic sumac (Rhus aromatica) – sun, part shade; Beautiful and shapely shrub with pretty red berries.

Live Oak/Plateau Live Oak (Quercus fusiformis)
Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia)
Lacey oak (Quercus laceyi) - May be harder to find, but a great medium-size tree for Central Texas.
Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana) – Early spring bloomer, beautiful blooms and edible fruit