Native Plants Category Archive

Oak acorns Querc-y Characters - A quick guide to four common Central Texas oaks.
Ocelot at night The Dispossessed - For ocelots in Texas, native shrubland is the stuff dreams are made of.
Fasciated black-eyed Susan, Rudebeckia hirta, by Jon Merz Beautiful Mutants - Fasciation is a beautiful and oft-coveted genetic abnormality.
Don’t Fear the Reaping - Prickly pears’ versatile spoils are worth the effort.
Macheros Mexico A Vast Domain - A sacred butterfly connects land and people across a border.
Plant Priority - Parklets provide unexpected space for native plants in cities.
American basketflower Time for a Close-up - Looking closer at nature reaps great rewards.
mallow Mad About Mallows - We’re head over heels (or blossoms over roots) for mallows. Find out why you should be too.
Frostweed The Frost Below - With nicknames inspired by the comestible to the architectural, one thing is sure: Frostweed fascinates.
Prairie flameleaf sumac Just the Thicket - Suckering shrubs may be the best garden friend you didn't know you had.
rooster tail brooms Deep Sweep - Native plants still play an important part in American broom making.
Devil's claw Find Your Roots (and Eat Them!) - Delve into the place-making power of edible native plants.
Witchery in the Garden Witchery in the Garden - Explore the cultural connections between botany and sorcery.
Texas Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii var. lindheimeri) Illustration: Samantha N. Peters Texas’ Flagship Flora - Join us in celebrating the plants that spell T-E-X-A-S in stems, blooms, fruit, paddles and spines!
Sowing the seeds of love? Maybe, maybe not. “Native” seed packets don’t always live up to their labels. Illustrations: Caitlin B. Alexander Meet Your Seeds - Consumer awareness extends to the gardening aisle.
American wisteria on pergola Making the Shade - Vines add romance to a garden and are practical workhorses too.
American basket-flower (Centaurea americana). Photo: Steven Schwartzman Fried and Joy - Don't let botanical browns get you down; there's a lot to celebrate in the late-summer garden.
Sonoran Desert Some Like It Hot - Desert plants find ingenious ways to adapt to their harsh environment.
Bigtooth maple (Acer grandidentatum). Photo: Lee Page. A Life in Trees - In honor of Earth Day, an autobiographical ode to trees.
Life after bluebonnets Life After Bluebonnets - If you need a little help getting over bluebonnets, look no further.
Ball Moss Having A Ball - William Niendorff sees a big future for ball moss.
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica) fills in cracks between rocks in a dry New York garden. Photo: Karen Bussolini 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.
Fresh cranberries, cinnamon and orange zest about to meet a Texas native: prickly pear. Photo: Amy McCullough Taste of Place: Prickly Pear Cranberry Sauce - A holiday classic gets reinvented by way of native cactus.
Pecans with pizazz! Photo: Lee Clippard Taste of Place: Spiced Pecans - Texas' state tree provides an edible bounty that goes beyond pie.
Cornbread batter gets the native treatment. Photo: Danielle Pieranunzi Taste of Place: Wild Onion and Chile Pequin Cornbread - Native chilies and wild onions make for a spicy, savory cornbread.
Party on a cutting board: prickly pear syrup and your standard margarita components. Photo: Amy McCullough Taste of Place: Prickly Pear Margaritas - Brilliant pink prickly pear syrup adds color and tang to the well-known margarita.
A ripe Texas persimmon. Photo: Sally and Andy Wasowski Taste of Place: Persimmon Dessert Bars - Persimmons add an earthy twist to more familiar dessert recipes.
Chile pequin peppers are ripe and reading for the picking when they’ve turned red, like most of these. Photo: Sally and Andy Wasowski Taste of Place: Chile Pequin Vinegar - Chile pequin vinegar adds tangy spice and a touch of Texas to meals.
Eat me. (I dare you.) Photo: K. Angel Horne 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.
A male American goldfinch feeding atop a coneflower in the genus Echinacea. Foraging wild birds benefit the most from access to native plants. Photo by: Chad Horwedel Skip the Bird Feeder - Studies show that birds prefer native plants over bird feeders.
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One of the most common wildflowers around is the common sunflower (Helianthus annuus). This is the mother plant from which many of the well-known cultivated sunflowers have been fashioned. Photo by Joe Marcus. Sunny Days - Sunflowers light up landscapes.
<?php the_title(); ?> How Succulent! - Succulents are naturals in the native dry garden.
<?php the_title(); ?> Growing Dry - Dry gardens can be surprisingly lush. Learn how.
<?php the_title(); ?> Six Powerhouse Native Grasses - Don't overlook our beautiful and ecologically important North American native grasses.
Pickled devil's claw Taste of Place: Pickling Devil’s Claw - Embrace the taste of summer in Central Texas; get into a pickle with devil's claw.
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<?php the_title(); ?> Flower Power - Silphiums are hardy plants of the prairie and gardens.
<?php the_title(); ?> Getting the Wildflower Show on the Road - Collene Sweeney and the Texas license plate she illustrated in support of wildflowers.
<?php the_title(); ?> 10 Wildflowers That Wow - Ten wildflowers that wow in celebration of National Wildflower Week.
pocket prairie john hart asher Make a Pocket Prairie - Tips on how to make a small prairie in your garden.
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<?php the_title(); ?> Creature Comfort - Meeting the little things that run our gardens.
<?php the_title(); ?> On The Rocks - Could Texas Hill Country plants adorn future skyscraper roofs?
<?php the_title(); ?> Taking Heart - What’s in store for your February garden.
<?php the_title(); ?> Cedar Fever Starts Here - Meet the juniper microstrobilus or "cone" — the place where it all begins.
<?php the_title(); ?> Spruce It Up - Native plants make the holidays even brighter.
<?php the_title(); ?> Urban Forests - Compared to their rural siblings, urban trees live complex lives.
<?php the_title(); ?> Get A Move On - Native plants that move make gardens dynamic.
<?php the_title(); ?> Migratory Matters - Endangered monarchs benefit from protecting mature milkweeds.
<?php the_title(); ?> Old Flame - Family traditions endure with fragrant, colorful phlox.
<?php the_title(); ?> Four Seasons - Create a garden that's interesting — especially in winter.
<?php the_title(); ?> Design with Spines - Find a place for cacti in your garden.
<?php the_title(); ?> Nip Gardening Worries in the Bud - Read our tips for healthy landscaping in weird weather.
Pocket prairie water feature 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.
Habiturf lawn Grass Powered - For half a century, a prized green lawn in the United States meant fighting against nature.
<?php the_title(); ?> Color My World - Fall color isn't just for Northerners.
<?php the_title(); ?> The Making of the Texas Arboretum - Find out what it took to create Texas' largest native plant arboretum.
<?php the_title(); ?> Medicinal Purpose - Don’t overlook the promise your plants could have for your health.
<?php the_title(); ?> Hold on to Summer - With proper care, late-blooming native perennials offer color and fragrance well into fall.
<?php the_title(); ?> Want to wreck your wildflowers? - Our experts rate the top 10 mistakes gardeners make when growing wildflowers.
<?php the_title(); ?> Nothing to Sneeze At - How to enjoy native plants without your nose running away.
<?php the_title(); ?> When in Drought - No rain in sight? Spring won't lack blossoms with these drought-tolerant natives.
<?php the_title(); ?> Conifers Call - Three authors discuss some beloved conifers across the country and threats that stand in their way.
<?php the_title(); ?> Winterize Your Garden - Make sure your garden endures winter wherever you are.
<?php the_title(); ?> Sheltering Your Greenery - Plants can't move. Help them out with mulch and more.
<?php the_title(); ?> Helping Plants Handle Summer Heat - Watering wisely helps greenery handle high temperatures.
<?php the_title(); ?> Get Low and Behold - Good things come in small — and low-growing — packages.
<?php the_title(); ?> Fronds Fare Wall - The beauty and majesty of ferns have long captured the imagination of plant lovers everywhere.
<?php the_title(); ?> Put Some Spring In Your Woods - Experience-based advice for propagating woodland natives.
<?php the_title(); ?> Oil and Water - Oyster reefs form the foundation of many of the Gulf's productive habitats, including historic marsh and seagrass.
<?php the_title(); ?> Perfect Trees - Perhaps more than anything in the landscape, trees equal shelter, nourishment and sense of place.
<?php the_title(); ?> Scents and Sensibilities - Native plants add aroma to the fall garden.
<?php the_title(); ?> Natural Remedy - Echinaceas are prized for their size and showy color and make perfect landing pads for butterflies.
<?php the_title(); ?> Time-Sharing With Texas Native Plants - Time-sharing isn't just for condos; it keeps gardens looking great year-round.
<?php the_title(); ?> Super Stars - Native asters bring color and life to fall gardens.
<?php the_title(); ?> Fall Gardening Tips - Spring may be wildflower season, but fall is the best time to plant native wildflowers.
<?php the_title(); ?> Native Plant Winter Garden - Winter does not need to be a bleak time in the garden, especially in Texas.
<?php the_title(); ?> Agave A-go-go - The versatile Agave takes its shot beyond tequila .
<?php the_title(); ?> Violet Reaction - Whether you grow your violets in the ground or containers, be prepared for their delicate beauty to enchant you.
<?php the_title(); ?> Fresh Cut - A couple shares knowledge gained from 18 years of flower farming and the U.S. floriculture industry.
<?php the_title(); ?> Kid Gloves - Gardening creates sensory, hands-on experiences for kids.
<?php the_title(); ?> America’s Romance with the Oak - The oak is the most widespread hardwood in the Northern Hemisphere, prized for its shade, beauty and strength.
<?php the_title(); ?> 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.
<?php the_title(); ?> 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.
<?php the_title(); ?> 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.

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