Native Plant Society of Texas, Collin County Chapter

Plant of the Month, Texas Star Hibiscus, Hibiscus coccineus Plant Description Upcoming Events

Texas Star Hibiscus

Texas Star Hibiscus
A Texas Superstar Scientific name: Hibiscus coccineus
--This slender, multi-branched native perennial plant is an excellent choice for gardeners wanting to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. It likes wet areas and is perfect for streams, bogs and rain gardens and in ponds. It is a good choice to plant in the back or in the center of beds and let its dramatic blooms peek from behind.

Size: 4 to 7 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide
Flowers: Crimson red or white 'Alba' star shaped blooms up to 3 to 4 inches
Bloom time: June to October
Leaves: Palmate, star-shaped and serrated; often mistaken for marijuana
Pests and Disease Problems: grasshoppers
Growing in North Texas: 'Texas Star' can be planted in many soils, but they prefer a well-drained soil. They bloom best in full sun and when watered consistently. They can even be grown within a backyard pond.
The plants die down to the ground during winter, but return with sprouts in late spring.
They grow rapidly and do not require much care.

See more 'Nice Plants' and their descriptions on the "Plants' page

Next Meeting

September 2

Betsy Farris will present images from the 2013 NPSOT Symposium held in Corpus Christi.

Chapter Info Useful Sites to Visit Upcoming Events

The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) is to promote the conservation, research and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas, through education, outreach and example.

To this end, the Collin County Chapter of NPSOT holds monthly meetings January through October featuring speakers on topics related to native plants and habitats, sponsors donations for native plant demonstration gardens, plans field trips, and hosts native plant information tables at local outdoor events.

Texas Aggi Horticulure Website
Learn everything about Texas Horticulture
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Native Plant Society of Texas
Click to visit the Native Plant Society of Texas Web Site

Connemara Conservancy

Click to visit the Connemara Conservancy Web Site

BRIT (Botantical Research Institute of Texas)
Click to visit the BRIT Web Site

Jim's This and That!
Click to view Jim Varnum's newsletter

Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano
Plano Prairie Remnant in Danger
Click to Read Article

Native Prairies Association of Texas
Click to view the Prairies Association of Texas' Facebook page to learn how you can help save Deer Park!

--3rd Saturday each month -- Maintenance of the Heard Gardens,
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet at the circle at the Heard's front entrance

--October 16th thru the 19th, 2014
NPSOT Annual Symposium

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