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Sunday - July 31, 2011

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Favorite Wildflower
Answered by: Damon Waitt

QUESTION:

Dear Green Guru - What are your favorite wildflowers? Signed Curious

ANSWER:

Thanks for asking. It gives me a chance to try out the new image section for the Smarty Plants answer page. These are some of my favorites.

 

From the Image Gallery


Purple leatherflower
Clematis pitcheri

Prairie verbena
Glandularia bipinnatifida var. bipinnatifida

California poppy
Eschscholzia californica

Chinkapin oak
Quercus muehlenbergii

Texas skeleton plant
Lygodesmia texana

Goldeneye phlox
Phlox roemeriana

Annual phlox
Phlox drummondii

Eastern purple coneflower
Echinacea purpurea

Texas bluebonnet
Lupinus texensis

Standing cypress
Ipomopsis rubra

Indian blanket
Gaillardia pulchella

Zexmenia
Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida

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