Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Weeds, blooms and some natives

Begger's ticks, hedgeparsley (Torilis arvensis)
Catchweed bedstraw (Galium aparine)

Last Sunday, when we worked around the Wildscape, I pulled DOZENS AND DOZENS of hedgeparsley from beneath our elbow bush that falls over the fence and into our neighbor's adjoining property. I had NO CLUE that the species can grow so tall and thick. Over and over again, I reached into the elbow bush branches and ended up pulling out a whole pile of the stuff. Now little critters can get in there and hide better. Before, there was barely any room within the elbow bush thicket because of the hedgeparsley. I also yanked up bedstraw, which has the tinest roots you ever did see.
Wild petunia (Violet ruellia)...a polite native that has a sweet purple bloom.
Wild poinsettia (Euphorbia cyanthophora). You've heard of snow-on-the-mountain? Another common name for this species is fire-on-the-mountain. The two are in the same genus.
Drummond's woodsorrel (Oxalis drummondii). I love these delicate plants.


Hill Country penstemon (Penstemon triflorus) blooming. Because of recent heavy winds, James propped up the stems with a tomato cage.

Coral honeysuckle

Texas betony, one of my favorite natives. Hummers nectar on the flowers.

Woolly stemodia (Stemodia lanata). Linda, a Master Naturalist in Kingsland, pulled up five or six of these from her garden to give me. Here's hoping they take root!

Volunteer sunflower, likely planted by one of our local squirrel farmers.

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