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Spring 2019 – Spring 2023 Susan Austin

Native Plant Society of Texas News

Editor Susan Austin

Volume 37, No. 2
Annual Awards & Contests
Membership Report
News About NICE
RARA and NPSOT

Volume 37, No. 3
Contests for photos, videos and newsletters
Willowleaf Sunflower
Milkweed Moth

Volume 37, No. 4
Hummingbirds
Native Fruits
Annual Symposium

Volume 38, No. 1
New Pollinator Pathway
Photo Contest Winners
Texas Orchid

Volume 38, No. 2
Native Fruit
Wild Bergamot
Monarch Festival

Volume 38, No. 3
Broadcast Hill
Curly Mesquite
Frogfruit
Roughleaf Dogwood

Volume 38, No. 4
Pigeonberry
Moth Week
Tiny Plants

Volume 39, No. 1
Huisache
Remembering Sally Wasowski
Chiltepin – Capsicum annuum  

Volume 39, No. 2
Trout Lily Walk
Velcro Plant
After the Winter Freeze – What Now?

Volume 39, No. 3
Member Pins
Identifying Milkweed Species
Native Mulberries

Volume 39, No. 4
Meet Ricky!
Plants for pollinators
Virtual meetings

Volume 40, No. 1
Invasives
New Membership Portal
New NLCP Coordinator Linda Foss

Volume 40, No. 2
Explore Westcave
Scholarship & Grant Awards
Engaging Youth in Your Chapter

Volume 40, No. 3
Fall Symposium Details
Slippery Elm, Creek Plum & Texas Persimmon
Plants Misbehaving: Invasive Plants

Volume 40, No. 4
Fort Worth Pocket Prairie
Buying Native Plants
Texas Native Plant Week

Volume 41, No. 1
Annual Award Winners
San Antonio Sacred Grounds
Christmas Cholla

Volume 41, No.2, Print, Digital

Frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora): a Humble Hero
Peanut Clover (Trifolium polymorphum)
Sharing Nature with Children

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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