Organization: Boerne

Chapter Summer Pot Luck Supper June 4

It’s been a busy year of interesting speakers, NLCP class offerings and chapter activities. Now it’s time to celebrate the summer break with our traditional Summer Pot Luck Supper. We

Record Breaking Plant Sale!

By Kathy Webster The Spring 2024 Native Plant Sale was one for the record books! We had over 900 plants provided by 20 growers. The City of Boerne donated a huge

Chapter Meeting, May 7

The meeting will start with a social time at 6:00pm, at the Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium. Announcements will begin at 6:45pm, followed by the presentation. For the social time, please

NICE! PLANTS by common and scientific names -NEW

Plants by common names Plants by common names (scientific names in parentheses) Agarito (Berberis trifoliolata) American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) American Smoke Tree (Cotinus obovatus) Anacacho Orchid Tree (Bauhinia lunarioides [congesta]) Anacua or Anaqua (Ehretia anacua)

NICE! PLANTS – What are they?

(Natives Instead of Common Exotics) The NICE Native Plant Partners program is a collaboration between the Native Plant Society of Texas and local nurseries around the state to offer natives

Past Meetings — –DUPLICATE

2023 January 3 Speaker: Lonnie Childs, who retired in 2001 to the Fredericksburg area to pursue his interests in history, natural history, and land conservation. He has been involved with

Spring Native Plant Sale, April 19-20

It’s spring! And that means our Spring Plant Sale is coming up quickly!  If you are growing plants for this special event, please email your plant list by April 1,

Chapter Meeting, April 2

As usual, the meeting will start with a social time at 6:00pm, at the Cibolo Nature Center Auditorium. Announcements will begin at 6:45pm, followed by the presentation.  For the social

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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