Clear Lake Chapter

Plant of the Month

Each month we feature a native plant that does well in gardens in our area. When available, all members and visitors who have signed in will get a chance to win a young plant in a drawing we hold at the end of in-person meetings.

Would you like to present a Plant of the Month?

“Plant of the Month” presentations are usually short (2-3 minutes) slideshows prepared and presented by a chapter member. In the past we have covered wildflowers, grasses, trees, and even how parts of these plants can be prepared as food! You do not need to be an expert. Just choose a native plant that you have an interest in, do a little research, and share what you find.

If you are interested in presenting a “Plant of the Month,” please get in touch with Rowena via our Volunteer Form so that we can add your name and plant to our list. Check out our previous presentations below.

Searchable Plant of the Month List

MonthScientific NameCommon Name(s)
June 2024Teucrium canadenseAmerican Germander
May 2024Bidens aristosaSwamp Marigold
March 2024Verbesina virginicaFrostweed, White Crownbeard, Iceplant, Iceweed, Virginia Crownbeard
February 2024Galium aparineSticky Weed, Sticky Willy, Sticky Grass, Goosegrass, Catchweed Bedstraw, Cleavers
October 2023Celtis laevigataSugar Hackberry, Texas Sugarberry, Sugarberry, Southern Hackberry, Lowland Hackberry, Hackberry, Palo Blanco
September 2023Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondiiTurk’s Cap, Wax Mallow, Red Mallow, Texas Mallow, Mexican Apple, Sleeping Hibiscus, Bleeding Hearts, Manzanita
August 2023Andropogon ternariusSplitbeard Bluestem, Split Bluestem, Feather Bluestem, Paintbrush Bluestem, Silvery Beardgrass
July 2023Oenothera speciosaPink Evening Primrose, Showy Evening Primrose, Mexican Evening Primrose, Showy Primrose, Pink Ladies, Pink Buttercups, Buttercups
June 2023Iris brevicaulisZigzag Iris, Leafy Blue Flag
May 2023Asclepias tuberosaButterfly Weed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower, Chigger Weed
April 2023Chorioactis geasterTexas Star Mushroom, Devil’s Cigar, Kirinomitake
March 2023Morus microphyllaTexas Mulberry
February 2023Amsonia tomentosaWoolly Bluestar, Woolly Amsonia, Small Leaves Amsonia, Gray Amsonia
January 2023Pleurotus ostreatusOyster Mushroom, Pearl Oyster Mushroom
November 2022Sorghum halepense, Digitaria ciliaris, and Paspalum dilatatumInvasives: Johnsongrass, Southern Crabgrass, and Dallisgrass
October 2022Coreopsis lanceolataLanceleaf Tickseed, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Lance-leaved Coreopsis, Sand Coreopsis, Tickseed, Longstalk Coreopsis
September 2022Helianthus angustifoliusSwamp Sunflower, Narrowleaf Sunflower, Narrow-leaved Sunflower
August 2022Liatris mucronataTexas Blazing Star, Texas Gayfeather, Texas Liatris, Cusp Liatris, Cusp Blazing Star, Cusp Gayfeather, Narrow-leaf Liatris, Narrow-leaf Blazing Star, Narrow-leaf Gayfeather
July 2022Hibiscus moscheutosSwamp Mallow, Swamp Rose Mallow, Marshmallow Hibiscus, Crimson-eyed Rose-mallow
June 2022Bothriochloa laguroidesSilver Bluestem, Silver Beardgrass
May 2022Monarda citriodoraLemon Mint, Beebalm, Lemon Beebalm, Horsemint, Horse Beebalm, Lemon Horsemint, Mint
April 2022Ratibida columniferaUpright Prairie Coneflower, Mexican Hat, Prairie Coneflower, Long-headed Coneflower, Thimbleflower
March 2022Palafoxia roseaRosy Palafox, Rose Palafoxia
February 2022Bouteloua curtipendulaSideoats Grama
January 2022Gaillardia pulchellaFirewheel, Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket
November 2021Various fall-blooming speciesMonarch Fall Migration
October 2021Dermatophyllum secundiflorumTexas Mountain Laurel, Mountain Laurel, Mescal Bean, Frijolillo, Frijolito
August 2021Capsicum annuumChile Pequin, Chile Petin, Bird Pepper, Turkey Pepper, Cayenne Pepper
July 2021Crataegus marshalliiParsley Hawthorn, Parsleyleaf Hawthorn
June 2021Alophia drummondiiPropeller Flower, Purple Pleat-leaf, Pinewoods Lily, Pleatleaf Iris
May 2021Sassafras albidumSassafras
April 2021Scutellaria ovataHeart-leaf Skullcap
March 2021Aesculus paviaRed Buckeye, Scarlet Buckeye, Firecracker Plant
February 2021Erythrina herbaceaCoralbean, Cherokee Bean, Red Cardinal
January 2021Eustoma exaltatumTexas Bluebells, Prairie Gentian, Showy Prairie Gentian
December 2020Ilex vomitoriaYaupon Holly
November 2020Chamaecrista fasciculataPartridge Pea, Sleepingplant, Sensitive Plant, Golden Cassia
October 2020Diospyros virginianaCommon Persimmon
September 2020Solidago sempervirensSeaside Goldenrod
August 2020Rhus copallinum var. lanceolataFlame-leaf Sumac, Shining Sumac, Winged Sumac, Prairie Sumac
July 2020Carex spp., Carex cherokeensis, Carex leavenworthii, Carex texensisSedges, Cherokee Sedge, Leavenworth’s Sedge, Texas Sedge
June 2020Prunus mexicanaMexican Plum, Bigtree Plum, Inch Plum
March 2020Penstemon tenuisGulf Coast Penstemon
February 2020Itea virginicaVirginia Sweetspire, Tasselwhite
January 2020Nothoscordum bivalveCrow Poison, False Garlic
November 2019Asclepias spp.Milkweed
October 2019Ilex vomitoriaYaupon Holly
September 2019Echinacea purpureaPurple Coneflower
August 2019Verbesina virginicaFrostweed
July 2019Helenium amarumSneezeweed, Bitterweed
June 2019Muhlenbergia capillarisHairawn
May 2019Chromolaena ivifoliaIvyleaf Thoroughwort, Blue Boneset
April 2019Desmanthus illinoensisIllinois Bundleflower
March 2019Prunella vulgarisHeal-all, Selfheal
February 2019Penstemon tenuisGulf Coast Penstemon, Brazos Penstemon, Sharp-sepal Beardtongue
January 2019Cuscuta sp.Smartweed Dodder
November 2018Lygodium japonicumJapanese Climbing Fern (Non-native)
October 2018Symphyotrichum oblongifoliumFall Aster
September 2018Callicarpa americanaAmerican Beautyberry
August 2018Salvia lyrataLyreleaf Sage
July 2018Elymus canadensisCanada Wild Rye
June 2018Toxicodendron radicansPoison Ivy
May 2018Coreopsis lanceolataLanceleaf Coreopsis, Lanceleaf Tickseed
April 2018Baptisia sphaerocarpaYellow Bush Pea, Yellow Wild Indigo
March 2018Setaria geniculataKnotroot Bristlegrass
February 2018Arnoglossum plantagineumPrairie Plantain, Indian Plantain
January 2018Rudbeckia grandifloraRough Coneflower
November 2017Asclepias perennisAquatic Milkweed
October 2017Vernonia missuricaMissouri Ironweed
August 2017Cephalanthus occidentalisButtonbush
July 2017Kosteletzkya virginicaSaltmarsh Mallow, Seashore Mallow
June 2017Physostegia intermediaObedient Plant, False Dragonhead, Lionheart
May 2017Arnoglossum ovatumOvateleaf Indian Plantain
April 2017Asclepias viridisGreen Milkweed, Green Antelopehorn
March 2017Hyptis alataClustered Bushmint
February 2017Hibiscus moscheutosRose Mallow, Hardy Hibiscus
January 2017Herbertia lahueHerbertia, Prairie Nymph
December 2016Hymenocallis liriosmeTexas Spiderlily, Spiderlily, Spring Spiderlily, Louisiana Spiderlily

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