Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Treasures on our rural land

Stiffstem flax (Linum ridigum)
James and I hiked our land northwest of Blanco over the weekend. I found even more cool native species. Just had to share.
Slender greenthread, also called Navajo tea (Thelesperma simplicifolium)
Likely pink mimosa (Mimosa borealis)
Bird wing passionflower (Passiflora tenuiloba)

Another bird wing passionflower
And another
I found several bird wings, which was really cool.
Yellow passionflower (Passiflora lutea) also grows on our land.
Recently, James spotted a pipevine caterpillar crawling on the ground. That told me that we've got pipevines growing somewhere. I think that I found them (photo above and below). I'm just not certain which species. Perhaps Virginia snakeroot,  (Aristolochia serpentaria)? Ours resemble this photo.

Yellow passionflower
Virginia snakeroot?
Another snakeroot? We transplanted a few into our Wildscape.
I thought at first this plant and the one below might be bract milkweed, but Marcus at the Wildflower Center didn't think so. Perhaps swanflower (Aristolochia erecta), another pipevine species? If the deer don't munch them down, maybe we can get a definite ID later. I marked them. Stay tuned!


Ragna said...

It is so much fun to go on these treasure hunts with you and see the neat plants you find ... :-)


Jenn B-Victory or Death Garden said...

I recently found your blog after seeing you and your husband on CTG, and I love it! It's helped me identify so many plants we have here at our place. We recently had two pipevine swallowtail butterflies, so I'll have to keep my eyes for the native pipevine as well.

Sheryl Smith-Rodgers said...

It's fun to connect with other nature lovers through this blog. Thank you for the nice comments, y'all!

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