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Plant of the Month: Dwarf Palmetto

Also known as: Palmetto, Bush Palmetto, Blue Palm Scientific name: Sabal minor Did you know? Dwarf Palmetto is the most cold hardy Sabal palm. The fruit of Dwarf Palmetto is edible when it is a flat black color and has a flavor similar to dates. Sabal minor is often confused with Texas Palmetto (Sabal Mexicana).... Read Full Post

Plant of the Month: Ocotillo

Also known as: Candlewood, Devil’s Walking Stick Scientific name: Fouquieria splendens Did you know? Ocotillo translates to “little pine” and may be a reference to the oily resin that coats the plant’s stems. Ocotillo is typically leafless most of the year and only produces leaves when it receives water, with the leaves dropping off once... Read Full Post

Plant of the Month: Longleaf Pine

Also Known as: Georgia Pine, Southern Yellow Pine, Hill Pine Scientific name: Pinus palustris Did You Know? Young Longleaf pines actually resemble bunch grasses more than tree saplings as the long needles grow from a small base near the ground while the tree puts down roots for the first few years. Characteristics: Longleaf Pine (also known as... Read Full Post

Plant of the Month: Chile Pequin

Also Known as: Chile Petin, Chiltepin, Bird Pepper Scientific name: Capsicum annuum / Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum Did You Know? Chile Pequin is the only Pepper native to the United States and is related to Jalapeno but much much hotter (rated at 49,000 to 60,000 on the Scoville heat scale compared to Jalapeno’s 2,500 to 10,000). ... Read Full Post

Plant of the Month: Palo Verde

Known as: Retama, Jerusalem Thorn, Horsebean Scientific name: Parkinsonia aculeata Did You Know? Palo Verde trees are extremely drought tolerant and will shift photosynthesis to the branches and trunks of the tree in very dry conditions, causing the tree to turn a vibrant green color and drop its leaves.  This shift also occurs during the... Read Full Post

Plant of the Month: Huisache

Known as: Sweet Acacia, Perfume Acacia, Mealy Acacia Scientific name: Vachellia farnesiana Did You Know? Despite its abundant flowers and feathery foliage, Huisache is a very thorny plant. In fact the name “Huisache” is derived from the Nahuatl word meaning many thorns. Another interesting fact is that the flowers from this species are used to... Read Full Post

Plant of the Month: Red Yucca

Known as: Coral Yucca, False Yucca, Hummingbird Yucca Scientific name: Hesperaloe parviflora Did You Know? Red Yucca is not actually a yucca but is rather a member of the Century-Plant family. Also of note is that Red Yucca’s flowers are not always necessarily red.  The common variety’s flowers are a choral pink while the “brake... Read Full Post

Plant of the Month: Copper Canyon Daisy

Known as: Mt. Lemmon Marigold, Mountain Marigold, or Mexican Bush Marigold Scientific name: Tagetes lemmonii Did You Know? Copper Canyon Daisy is not actually native to Texas, it is native to Arizona, Mexico, and Central America.  Bees and Butterflies are attracted to its golden yellow flowers and deer seem to strongly dislike the pungent smell... Read Full Post

Plant of the Month: Little Bluestem

Known as: Little Bluestem, Little False Bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium Did you know? Many animals depend on little bluestem for food and shelter, including gamebirds like prairie chickens and grouse, and songbirds like finches and meadowlarks. It is especially valuable to wildlife in the winter when few other plants offer seed or structure for nesting. It... Read Full Post