Thursday, September 25, 2014

Transplanting native natives

In the past few years, I've really gotten more into saving "native" natives, as in those that were here before us. Scarlet spiderling (above and below) is one plant. I'd identified this species in our Wildscape but never paid much attention to it. It grows by our back yard patio by the garage door. A very vulnerable place to get walked on. Yet year after year, there it grew. I looked up the species profile on the Native Plant Database...a perennial. So I decided to transplant them. Which I did yesterday...both in the ground and pots. I've also transplanted....

Gray vervain (Verbena canescens)

Drummond's woodsorrel (Oxalis drummondii)
Rain lilies

Lantanas, flame acanthus (from one we planted), spider lily

More flame acanthus, a pipevine (from ones we planted), unidentified seedlings from pea family (far right)
Got a little warm in the sun while I dug up the spiderlings so I grabbed an umbrella.


TexasDeb said...

I have unidentified "pea family" plants growing in some semi-shade. I've never had luck figuring out what they are but they have slowly seeded themselves in to become a bit more prominent and I love their leaves and graceful arching branches in amongst the plants already in play.

I hadn't tried transplanting rain lilies but do scatter seed into new areas where I'd like to see them. Are they tricky to move?

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

No, rain lilies are bulbs. Super easy. :-)

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