Native Plants Category Archive
Plant Picks – Blankets of Color - On blankets, firewheels and "Indians"
What’s in a Name? - On blankets, firewheels and "Indians"
A Different Light - Seeing wildflowers in a new way — thanks to pollinators and inventive photographers
Grounded - On being in place and acknowledging what came before
Travel Agents - How seeds drop, fly, ride and float their way to new soils
Reflections and Reclamation - Black Botanists Week recognizes a long legacy — and embraces a growing future
Legume Room - A quick guide to some easy-to-confuse members of the pea family
In the Canopies - Treehouses facilitate play, creativity and connection to nature
The Life Below - The unseen and very important work of plant roots
Pull It or Plant It: Prickly Pear - A lively debate about Texas' state plant
For the Love of Sunflowers - The many reasons sunflowers are a native garden must-have
Reading the Rings - What dendrochronology can tell us about sunspots, jet streams, pirates and gardening
The Influencers - Acknowledging the impact of Black women on American horticulture
An Urban Getaway - Discovering the unexpected joy of wandering in lockdown
Old Brides’ Tales - Debunking a popular myth about our state flower
Pull It or Plant It: Passionflower - A spirited (internal) debate about passionflowers
Tanks-giving - Stock tank water gardens are oases for wildlife — and you!
Alpine Inspiration - A love letter to a small native plant that thrives in high, icy places
A Natural Calling - Native plants in mosaic habitats bring birds to the Mission Reach
Plant Some Rubber - An unassuming native shrub could change the future
Born to Rock - Lithophilic plants don’t need no stinking soil, and don’t call them cute either
Falling Water, Thriving Plants - A famous Frank Lloyd Wright site embraces native landscapes
The Bees’ Needs - Creating habitat for native bees is as easy as one, two, three
Bloom, Set, Match - What draws certain pollinators to particular plants
Burns Into Boons - The phoenixlike adaptations of native plants
Planted - The challenge of finding one’s place and growing in it
Pull It or Plant It: Inland Sea Oats - A lively debate about inland sea oats
Field Guided - Native plants and the local landscape in Texas art
Living Space - Native habitat gardens provide for birds, pollinators and people
Still Life - Drawing nature to soothe the inflamed mind
Plant and Parcel - Get growing with a versatile, portable container garden
Pull It or Plant It: American Century Plant - A lively debate about American century plant
A Sensory Journey - The joy of a green urban oasis and the invitation to explore
Magic Mushrooms - Exploring a beautiful, million-years-long relationship
Higher Ground - Texas is home to a treasured, psychotropic native plant
Sunflower Squad Goals - Teamwork among Helianthus species gives hope for the future
By Land and Leaf - Wayfinding the old-fashioned way
Crowdsourcing Conservation - How one determined botanist is teaming up and heading out
Blooms of a Different Hue - When nature gets novel, we pay attention
The Cricket Connection - Native plants and crickets are essential to healthy cave ecosystems
Giants Among Us - The magnitude and peace of a big, big tree
Developmental Danger - Dissecting the "urban" in disturbance
Pull It or Plant It: Frostweed - A friendly (but opinionated!) debate about frostweed
Here There Be Dangers - How flowers set the table for certain creatures
Love Letters - A group of conservation biologists is spreading the plant love
Grounds for Play - Nature play lets parents chill and kids lead
Walking Nearby Waters - Restoring watersheds and, in the process, people
You Only Bloom Once … Or Twice … Or More - The lives and times of annual and perennial plants
With Botany and Two Burros - An intrepid, early botanist still inspires today
New Plant on the Block - The saga of an uncommon morning-glory
Pull It or Plant It: Greenbriar - A friendly (but opinionated!) debate about greenbriar
Walking the Rails - Connecting over plants and photography on the High Line
Poison Ivy … or Not? - A hands-off poison ivy primer
Plant a Kiss - Fun facts and historical lore about mistletoe
Natural Partners - Texas native plants and their animal compadres
Fetching Foliage - The science behind autumnal beauty
Taming the Wild - The why and how of cutting back perennial plants
Fort Hood’s Native Plant Brigade - A tale of people (and pollinators) connecting over plants
Pull It or Plant It: Mustang Grape - A hilarious debate about mustang grape
Heavenly Hellstrips - Liven up urban verges with tough-as-nails native plants
Stay Grassy - A quick guide to four common native grasses
Botanizing on the Banks - Spring fieldwork along the Texas border
Hello, My Name Is Monarda - Get to know five species of this noteworthy native plant
Pull It or Plant It: Horseherb - A friendly (but opinionated) debate about horseherb
Befuddling Fruits - Drupes, achenes, nuts and follicles — what the heck’s the difference?
Open Swim - Endangered species of the Comal get a habitat makeover
A String of Pearls - Little pieces of urban monarch habitat add up to a lot
Under the Same Moon - Finding home in landscape
In the Flesh - Meet eight people who've made a lifelong commitment to native plants
Living Proof - Trees on university campuses across Texas offer oases for people and wildlife
Pull It or Plant It: Hackberry - A friendly (but opinionated) debate about hackberries
Business Is Blooming - All about nectar — nature's sweetest sales pitch
Dragons and Damsels - A handy guide to telling these lacy-winged fliers apart
Public Enemy - Get to know cedar (Ashe juniper) as more than something to loathe
Querc-y Characters - A quick guide to four common Central Texas oaks
America’s Next Top Model - The future of native grasslands — and water — depends on emulating the past
The Dispossessed - For ocelots in Texas, native shrubland is the stuff dreams are made of
Beautiful Mutants - Fasciation is a beautiful and oft-coveted genetic abnormality
Don’t Fear the Reaping - Prickly pears’ versatile spoils are worth the effort
A Vast Domain - A sacred butterfly connects land and people across a border
Plant Priority - Parklets provide unexpected space for native plants in cities
Time for a Close-up - Looking closer at nature reaps great rewards
Mad About Mallows - We’re head over heels (or blossoms over roots) for mallows
The Frost Below - With nicknames inspired by the comestible to the architectural, one thing is sure: Frostweed fascinates
American Beauty - This purple-berried shrub is really popular. Here’s why.
Just the Thicket - Suckering shrubs may be the best garden friend you didn't know you had
Deep Sweep - Native plants still play an important part in American broom making
Find Your Roots (and Eat Them!) - Delve into the place-making power of edible native plants.
Witchery in the Garden - Explore the cultural connections between botany and sorcery
Texas’ Flagship Flora - Join us in celebrating the plants that spell T-E-X-A-S in stems, blooms, fruit, paddles and spines!
Meet Your Seeds - Consumer awareness extends to the gardening aisle
Making the Shade - Vines add romance to a garden and are practical workhorses too.
Fried and Joy - Don't let botanical browns get you down; there's a lot to celebrate in the late-summer garden.
Some Like It Hot - Desert plants find ingenious ways to adapt to their harsh environment.
Helping Plants Handle Summer Heat - Watering wisely helps greenery handle high temperatures.
A Life in Trees - In honor of Earth Day, an autobiographical ode to trees.
Life After Bluebonnets - If you need a little help getting over bluebonnets, look no further.
Coralroot Blooms in the Courtyard - Spring coralroot doesn’t have big showy blooms like its orchid relatives, but this fascinating plant is still worth a look.
Having A Ball - William Niendorff sees a big future for ball moss.
Versatile Sedges - Adaptable sedges are a natural fit in sustainable landscapes.
Taste of Place: Chile Pequin-Citrus Turkey - Native plants add zest to a tried-and-true holiday bird.
Taste of Place: Prickly Pear Cranberry Sauce - A holiday classic gets reinvented by way of native cactus.
Taste of Place: Spiced Pecans - Texas' state tree provides an edible bounty that goes beyond pie.
Taste of Place: Wild Onion and Chile Pequin Cornbread - Native chilies and wild onions make for a spicy, savory cornbread.
Taste of Place: Prickly Pear Margaritas - Brilliant pink prickly pear syrup adds color and tang to the well-known margarita.
Taste of Place: Persimmon Dessert Bars - Persimmons add an earthy twist to more familiar dessert recipes.
Taste of Place: Chile Pequin Vinegar - Chile pequin vinegar adds tangy spice and a touch of Texas to meals.
Taste of Place: Vegan Wild Onion and Tuber Stew(s) - We boldly went where very few chefs have gone before ... to the table with winecup tubers.
Skip the Bird Feeder - Studies show that birds prefer native plants over bird feeders.
The Scenic Route - Roadsides provide critical habitat for pollinators.
Sunny Days - Sunflowers light up landscapes and provide for wildlife
How Succulent! - Succulents are naturals in the native dry garden.
Growing Dry - Dry gardens can be surprisingly lush. Learn how.
Six Powerhouse Native Grasses - Don't overlook our beautiful and ecologically important North American native grasses.
Taste of Place: Pickling Devil’s Claw - Embrace the taste of summer in Central Texas; get into a pickle with devil's claw.
Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge - Are you up to the challenge?
Flower Power - Silphiums are hardy plants of the prairie and gardens.
Getting the Wildflower Show on the Road - Collene Sweeney and the Texas license plate she illustrated in support of wildflowers.
10 Wildflowers That Wow - Ten wildflowers that wow in celebration of National Wildflower Week.
Make a Pocket Prairie - Tips on how to make a small prairie in your garden.
Early Bloomers - Look to early bloomers for the answer.
Creature Comfort - Meeting the little things that run our gardens.
On the Rocks - Could Texas Hill Country plants adorn future skyscraper roofs?
Taking Heart - What’s in store for your February garden.
Cedar Fever Starts Here - Meet the juniper microstrobilus or "cone" — the place where it all begins.
Spruce It Up - Native plants make the holidays even brighter.
Urban Forests - Compared to their rural siblings, urban trees live complex lives.
Get A Move On - Native plants that move make gardens dynamic.
Migratory Matters - Endangered monarchs benefit from protecting mature milkweeds.
Old Flame - Family traditions endure with fragrant, colorful phlox.
Four Seasons - Create a garden that's interesting — especially in winter.
Design with Spines - Find a place for cacti in your garden.
Nip Gardening Worries in the Bud - Read our tips for healthy landscaping in weird weather.
Life in the City - Creating a native garden in an urban setting can be difficult, as it's often hard to find native landscapes to emulate.
Grass Powered - For half a century, a prized green lawn in the United States meant fighting against nature.
Color My World - Fall color isn't just for Northerners.
The Making of the Texas Arboretum - Find out what it took to create Texas' largest native plant arboretum.
Medicinal Purpose - Don’t overlook the promise your plants could have for your health.
Hold on to Summer - With proper care, late-blooming native perennials offer color and fragrance well into fall.
Want to wreck your wildflowers? - Our experts rate the top 10 mistakes gardeners make when growing wildflowers.
Nothing to Sneeze At - How to enjoy native plants without your nose running away.
When in Drought - No rain in sight? Spring won't lack blossoms with these drought-tolerant natives.
Conifers Call - Three authors discuss some beloved conifers across the country and threats that stand in their way.
Winterize Your Garden - Make sure your garden endures winter wherever you are.
Sheltering Your Greenery - Plants can't move. Help them out with mulch and more.
Get Low and Behold - Good things come in small — and low-growing — packages.
Fronds Fare Wall - The beauty and majesty of ferns have long captured the imagination of plant lovers everywhere.
Put Some Spring In Your Woods - Experience-based advice for propagating woodland natives.
Oil and Water - Oyster reefs form the foundation of many of the Gulf's productive habitats, including historic marsh and seagrass.
Perfect Trees - Perhaps more than anything in the landscape, trees equal shelter, nourishment and sense of place.
Scents and Sensibilities - Native plants add aroma to the fall garden.
Natural Remedy - Echinaceas are prized for their size and showy color and make perfect landing pads for butterflies.
Time-Sharing With Texas Native Plants - Time-sharing isn't just for condos; it keeps gardens looking great year-round.
Super Stars - Native asters bring color and life to fall gardens.
Fall Gardening Tips - Spring may be wildflower season, but fall is the best time to plant native wildflowers.
Native Plant Winter Garden - Winter does not need to be a bleak time in the garden, especially in Texas.
Agave A-go-go - The versatile Agave takes its shot beyond tequila .
Violet Reaction - Whether you grow your violets in the ground or containers, be prepared for their delicate beauty to enchant you.
Fresh Cut - A couple shares knowledge gained from 18 years of flower farming and the U.S. floriculture industry.
Kid Gloves - Gardening creates sensory, hands-on experiences for kids.
America’s Romance with the Oak - The oak is the most widespread hardwood in the Northern Hemisphere, prized for its shade, beauty and strength.
The Apple of Our Eye - Walking or hiking within the natural world allows you to see what living things are rooted there. Among the plants rooted in California are those in the genus Arctostaphylos of the Ericaceae (or Heath) family.
The Berry Truth - Although many native plants produce berries that are highly sought out as a food source by birds and other wildlife, not all retain their fruit throughout the winter season, a time when food may be scarce for most species. Including plants with lingering fruit will not only add interest and structure to your winter landscape but will provide an inviting natural habitat for many winter residents.
Imperiled Harbor - We are a nation of gardeners, yet only recently have Americans turned their attention toward the 20,000 species of our nation's native plants.