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Fredericksburg

Creating a Pollinator Garden Step-by-Step

If you want to create a pollinator garden, but don’t know where to start, Holly Simonette, this month’s speaker at Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) Fredericksburg Chapter, will share tips and resources for going from blank slate to recognized pollinator garden

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Fredericksburg

$2000 Bill Lindemann Scholarship Awarded to Mercedes Burks

The Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) has awarded its $2,000 “Bill Lindemann Scholarship” to Mercedes Burks, a student at Texas A & M University.

“Our chapter board was impressed with Ms. Burks’ commitment to improve Texas ecosystems,” noted Deborah Simmons, President of the Fredericksburg chapter of NPSOT.

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Collin County

New Year – New Look for Your Landscape with North Texas Natives

With the ringing in of the new year, often comes resolutions and promises of fresh starts. This should include planning for a fresh, local makeover of your landscape with native North Texas plants. Why North Texas Native Plants? Plants native to North Texas are well adapted to our challenging local

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Collin County

Creating Vertical Gardens: Native Vines of North Texas

This spring, when considering the native North Texas plants to add to your landscape, do not forget about vines. They are an often-overlooked plant type that offers a variety of benefits to your yard. In addition to providing habitat for birds and other wildlife, and sustenance for pollinators, vines can

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Collin County

Hardy and Humble Gems of North Texas – Native Sedges

In our North Texas woodlands, there is an unassuming but essential gem among our native plants – Sedges (Carex). They often reside out of sight and with little notice across North America and here in North Texas. Amazingly, the Wildflower Center database lists 669 species of Sedges in North America

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Collin County

A Beginner’s Guide to Identifying Native North Texas Plants

Upon starting your journey into native Texas plants, one of the challenges most of us face is determining the name of a possible native plant and whether it is native to North Texas. Many non-native / exotic plants can easily be mistaken for natives, and there can be confusion over

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Fredericksburg

Flame Acanthus – a N.I.C.E. plant for a hot summer

Flame Acanthus is one of the indestructible natives that regularly laugh at Texas summer heat and drought -actually blooming through the midst of it. It is even a favorite nectar plant of the Monarch butterfly during the worst of our summer heat. This summer it is a N.I.C.E. plant on the Edwards Plateau.

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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