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Texas Native Plant Week

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Texas Native Plant Week
October 19 through 25, 2014

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.

Activities

Event: Texas Native Plant Week: Native Grasses Walk & Talk
Date/Time: Sunday, October 19, 10am-11am
Meeting Location: WFC Courtyard Spring
Key Speakers: TBA
Topics discussed: Identify native grasses around the Center and discover new grasses for your home garden
Rain plan: If we need to cancel due to inclement weather, we will notify the public via social media

Event: Texas Native Plant Week: Edible Natives Walk and talk
Date/Time: Saturday, October 25, 1pm-2pm
Meeting Location: WFC Courtyard Spring
Key Speakers: Andrea Delong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture
Topics discussed: Identifying edible native plants
Rain plan: If we need to cancel due to inclement weather, we will notify the public via social media

Event: Lady Bird Lake Walk and Talk
Date/Time: Thursday, October 23, 6pm-7pm
Meeting Location: Lady Bird Lake, Under the Mopac Bridge on the north end, at the drinking fountains
Key Speakers:

  • Minnette Marr, Plant Conservationist
  • Karen Clary, Plant Conservation Program Manager
  • Carrie McDonald, Volunteer Director
Topics discussed: Identifying the plants around Lady Bird Lake, Mrs. Johnson’s impact on Austin’s landscape
Rain plan: If we need to cancel due to inclement weather, we will notify the public via social media
Additional: We will pass out a one-page handout with plant list (more info will be on NPIN)

 

For more information on statewide efforts go to http://txnativeplantweek.org/.

TRIED AND TRUE NATIVE PLANTS

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.

Below are samples of native plants appropriate for Austin. To learn about other options, go to http://www.wildflower.org/explore/, 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

Shrubs
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.

Trees:
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

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