They’re Back

It’s that time when wildflowers start to pop up along the roadsides. Texans’ pride puff up.  What a joyous sight.

springwildflowersNothing says Texas wildflower like the native Bluebonnets.  Five species of Lupinus grow in Texas, and all have been designated as the state flower. The most common species is Lupinus texensis, the Texas bluebonnet, which starts flowering in mid-March.

springwildflowers3 As historian Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, “It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat.  The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”

springwildflowers1Another Texas native, Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea) has not fully opened yet, but the pink among the Bluebonnets is iconic.

Further up the slope is the lavender colored Prairie Verbena.

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springwildflowers4Then, there are the many varieties of yellow flowers that cover the fields and bar ditches.  A reader suggests that these are Four Nerve Daisies

springwildflowers7Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum) is a compact small plant that grows in hard soil.
springwildflowers8It doesn’t need or want much water, or do well in flowerbeds that receive TLC.

springwildflowers9As I’ve stated before on this blog, I need a primer course on native yellow flowers of Texas.  They’ve everywhere.

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springwildflowerscI’ve heard this shrubby plant called Bee Bush.  But I’m not labeling it with any certainty.  It tends to grow along fence lines.

springwildflowers5Another mystery – the yellow flower covered fields in our area.  A group of us at Garden Club were discussing them.  No one knew their name.  Someone thought they might be a type of mustard, but someone else disagreed.

springwildflowers6The Midland-Odessa area in far West Texas labels itself the ‘Land of the Big Sky.’  To me, that title also belongs to us.

Can any Texas name any of the yellow wildflowers shown in this blog?

springwildflowersbThe shape of this small tree against the sky fascinated me.  Spring is all about new growth and savoring the world around us.

“I must say as to what I have seen of Texas, it is the garden spot of the world. The best land and best prospects for health I ever saw and I do so believe it is a fortune to any man to come here.” Davy Crockett

2 thoughts on “They’re Back

  1. Wanda, I think the yellow flowers in the first pic are hymenoxys, also called Four Nerve Daisy, and they are a good flower to press, if you are thinking of doing any pressing. They usually press well and retain their color longer than some other flowers.

    • Thanks, Karon. I usually press flowers from my yard but will try those. Always appreciate your support of my blog.
      Wanda

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