Amarillo Chapter


Close up of a patch of yellow and orange native flowers.

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The Native Plant Society, Amarillo Chapter generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month March thru October. Meetings start with a guest speaker about native plants or related topics, followed by a brief business meeting. Some months, field trips may take the place of meetings. Our meetings are open to the public. See our Facebook page (Amarillo Chapter- Native Plant Society of Texas) for more details.

The home of the Amarillo Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is in the middle of the Texas Panhandle. This area is quite diverse geographically and ecologically. The native floral diversity is well displayed across this region. In Texas Panhandle Plants, the authors cite over 1,000 native and non native plants for this area. With adequate rain, the seemingly endless flat and colorless plains- interrupted by canyons- turn to a vibrant rainbow of colors, dominated by various shades of yellow.

Our chapter is just one of 30 across the state of Texas. Statewide, there are approximately 2200 members from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in native plants and their habitats. Our annual NPSOT Symposium which always focuses on a different region of Texas is very interesting.

If you are interested in the great outdoors, learning about ecological communities in the local area, or gardening with native plants, this is the organization for you. On field trips we often visit Panhandle ranches and sites which are not open to the general public. Members share a wealth of knowledge gained from experiences with native plants which is often not available in published sources. Dues are nominal for the knowledge and experience gained by becoming a member of our local chapter.

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About the Region

New Braunfels, the location of our Fall 2024 Symposium, straddles both the Edwards Plateau Ecoregion and the Blackland Prairie ecoregion. Interstate 35 divides the city of New Braunfels; its path through the city closely parallels the boundary of these two ecoregions, with the Edwards Plateau on the west side and the Blackland Prairies region to the east. The Edwards Plateau area is also called the Hill Country; however, this general term covers a much larger area extending farther north. Spring-fed creeks are found throughout the region; deep limestone canyons, rivers, and lakes (reservoirs) are common. Ashe juniper is perhaps the most common woody species found throughout the region. Additional woody species include various species of oak, with live oak (Quercus fusiformis) being the most common. Sycamores (Platanus occidentalis) and bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) border waterways. This area is well known for its spring wildflower displays, though they may be viewed in spring, late summer, and fall, as well. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, average annual rainfall in the Edwards Plateau ranges from 15 to 34 inches.

The Blackland Prairie extends from the Red River south to San Antonio, bordered on the west by the Edwards Plateau and the Cross Timbers, and on the east by the Post Oak Savannah. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, with higher averages to the east. This region is dominated by prairie species. The most common grass species include little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in the uplands and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) in the riparian areas and drainages. Common herbaceous flowering plants include salvias, penstemons, and silphiums. This area has suffered greatly from overgrazing and agricultural use. Few intact areas remain, though many of the plants can be found along county roadsides throughout the region.

Our four host chapters (New Braunfels, Lindheimer, Guadalupe, and the Hill Country chapters) are located in one or both of the ecoregions above. However, the eastern portion of Guadalupe County also falls within the Post Oak Savanna ecoregion. Annual rainfall averages 35 to 45 inches, with higher averages to the east. A wide variety of hardwood trees are found, including several species of oaks, elms, and in the Bastrop area, loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). Grasses and forbs dominate in the open savannas, with most common grass being little bluestem. Ranching, agriculture, and fire suppression have allowed woody species to encroach on the once-open savannas.

Source: Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason