Native Plant Society of Texas, Collin County Chapter

Plant of the Month, Texas Star Hibiscus, Hibiscus coccineus Plant Description Upcoming Events

Snailseed Vines
photo by Marilyn Sallee

Snailseed Vine is often mistaken in its native range for the vicious thorned Greenbriar Vine or the Moonseed Vine.
Scientific name: Cocculus carolinus

Snailseed Vine (Cocculus carolinus) is a delicate and beautiful vine, much better behaved than many gardeners would lead you to believe. It makes an excellent shade or sun, twining vine. The bright green, glossy, heart-shaped leaves climb trellisses or wire fences quickly in the spring.
In fall it bears grape-like clusters of bright pea-size red berries that draw songbirds. The Christmas red berries against Christmas green leaves create a dramatic and striking display through fall until a hard freeze.

A freeze will take the leaves off the delicate vine, and soon after the birds will remove the red berries. As long as the roots donít freeze, it will come back next spring. However, it is not perennial in the north where a deep soil freeze will kill its roots.

See more 'Nice Plants' and their descriptions on the "Plants' page

Next Meeting February 3, 2015

The Outlook for Water in Texas

Presented by John Difillipo, Director of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

Chapter Info Useful Sites to Visit Upcoming Events

The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas, through education, outreach and example.

To this end, the Collin County Chapter of NPSOT holds monthly meetings January through October featuring speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats, sponsors donations for native plant demonstration gardens, plans field trips, and hosts native plant information tables at local outdoor events.

Texas Aggi Horticulure Website
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Native Plant Society of Texas
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Connemara Conservancy

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BRIT (Botantical Research Institute of Texas)
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Jim's This and That!
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Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano
Plano Prairie Remnant in Danger
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Native Prairies Association of Texas
Click to view the Prairies Association of Texas' Facebook page to learn how you can help save Deer Park!

--4th Saturday each month -- Maintenance of the Heard Gardens,
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet at the circle at the Heard's front entrance

--March 28, 2015
NPSOT Spring Symposium

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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--October 15th thru the 18th, 2015
NPSOT Annual Symposium

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