The early spring wildflowers have faded and died. Surprisingly, the next batch of wildflowers is not as bright in color as the earlier ones, like Bluebonnets.
An up close and personal look is required to see the true beauty and colors. The masses of Indian Blankets (Gaillardia pulchella) are much prettier than they look from the highway. Other names for this distinctive flower are Firewheel or Sundance.
Being hardy and drought tolerant are vital characteristics to survive here.
This is one of the many yellow flowers beside the roads. It could be a Parralena or a Damianita or so on. I can count the petals and look at the leaves but am still confused about identity. There are a staggering number of similar looking yellow flowers in Texas wildflower books.
Update: A friend who lives in the area thinks the yellow flowers in the back are probably Englemann Daisies.
Growing low on the ground, Milkweed or Antelope Horn is a surprise sight walking through grasses and weeds. Almost all species of Asclepias are considered extremely poisonous, yet they are the source of many healing herbs. Asclepias was the Greek god of medicine and healing.
I’m sorry that this post is short on information. Poring through several plant books, I was still unable to be sure about names for several plants. I’m definitely not a botanist. So, if you know the correct identification, please tell me in a comment.
To all those wonderful people who read my blog faithfully, thank you. You encourage me to keep trying and to search to be factual.
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