Last Saturday we attended a Native Plant Society of Texas Symposium at the Lady Bird Johnson Center in Austin. There were some interesting speakers and one that read her speech. Boring.
Afterwards, we strolled the gardens even it’s still early for many plants to be growing.
Muhlies are currently poplular as landscape plants. The genus of this plant is named for a German Lutheran minister, Gotthilf Heinrich Ernst Muhlenberg, who lived in Pennsylvania in the late 18th century and early 19th century. He was also a botanist, chemist, and mineralogist.
This one is Pine Muhly (Muhlenbergia dubia Forn. ex Hemsl).
As a native Texan raised in West Texas where sharp, pointed, prickly plants are common, it is not my preferred type of plant. But the violet flowers on these are bright and very pretty.
Green Sotol (Dasylirion leiophyllum) is another pokey plant. Interestingly, it is used to produce an alcoholic drink called sotol.
I know that some people really love these plants. There are many of these rustic plants growing out in the fields here, so we can enjoy them as we take walks. But in my yard, I love flowers and more tame looking plants.
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