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Native Plant Sale, April 29 in Alpine – Reminder

 

 

Yucca rostrata. Photo credit: LBJ Wildflower Center
Yucca rostrata. Photo credit: LBJ Wildflower Center

Native Plant Sale – April 29, 2023 in Alpine

The Big Bend chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will have its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 behind Forever West Texas Realty at N. 8 th St. and W. Ave. E in Alpine.

In addition to hundreds of native garden plants, the sale will also feature pottery by Jeff Kelsch. He’ll be selling original, moderately priced pots for plants and flowers.

Shoppers at the sale will also have an opportunity to purchase seed grown yucca rostrata from Hoven Riley, whose Big Bend Yucca Company outside Ft. Stockton sells agave and yucca grown from seed. He will be offering his plants at special prices. To learn more about his operation, see bigbendyuccacompany.com.

The sale is cash or check only.

List of Plants: https://www.npsot.org/wp/bigbend/files/2023/04/NPSOT-Big-Bend_Plant-List_2023.pdf

Dallas Baxter, Plant Sales Coordinator

 

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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