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Tuesday - September 29, 2015

From: Francitas, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Herbs/Forbs, Shrubs
Title: Native plant for border in central coastal Texas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I am looking for a native plant suggestion for a border along my front porch in central coastal Texas. My site has heavy gumbo soil and strong sunlight. I want something not more than 2 or 3 feet tall.

ANSWER:

Here are suggestions for a native border plant for along your front portch.  They all grow in or in a county adjacent to Jackson County.

Borrichia frutescens (Bushy seaside tansy)

Conoclinium coelestinum (Blue mistflower)

Malpighia glabra (Acerola)

Salvia coccinea (Scarlet sage)

Salvia lyrata (Lyreleaf sage)

 

 

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Bushy seaside tansy
Borrichia frutescens

Bushy seaside tansy
Borrichia frutescens

Blue mistflower
Conoclinium coelestinum

Blue mistflower
Conoclinium coelestinum

Barbados cherry
Malpighia glabra

Barbados cherry
Malpighia glabra

Scarlet sage
Salvia coccinea

Scarlet sage
Salvia coccinea

Lyreleaf sage
Salvia lyrata

Lyreleaf sage
Salvia lyrata

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