Out in the fields, among the caliche and rocks, small beauties await. It takes a careful eye and patience to find them.
And their neighbors might not be that interesting or unusual. The White Prickly Poppy (Argemone albiflora subsp. texana) lives among cactus as well as other drought loving plants.
The tall pokey stems discourage handling.
Honeybees and other insects love the flower for their pollen. But there is very little nectar.
Their thin petals are blown back and forth by the wind.
In the spring the ground near the barn was covered with two different kinds of flowers. The above is one of them.
After searching through my 3 books for Texas wildflower identification, I still don’t know the name of the above plant. I could not find a small white flower with four petals.
This appears to be the same flower but with a pinkish tinge.
It’s easy to walk pass White Milkwort (Polygala alba) without noticing it. However, in mass, they’re lovely.
I’ve wondered about putting some in a bouquet of flowers. I haven’t tried it and don’t know how long they would last.
The Texas Thistle (Cirsium texanum) is a nice bright color. I enjoy them when they are few in number. But when they take over a field, it is difficult to eradicate them.
These were the subject of another search. I thought they were a type of Bindweed, but they don’t fit the descriptions of that climbing vine.
The small, open bush in front of the cedar is a Catclaw Acadia (Acacia greggii Gray). They range from 3 to 10 feet tall, although all the ones around here are at the lower end of that. They bloom from April to October.
The thorns are shaped like the claws on a cat. Small animals and birds nest under them for protection.
With the emphasis on xeriscape landscaping now, they are planted in some yards.
I’m hoping that it doesn’t take a lifetime to learn about all the native wildflowers because I started too late.
“What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind.” Zig Ziglar