Archive for 2008

Everyone loves winecup

Posted on December 25th, 2008 by Bill Ward

Everyone seems to like the winecup. This Texas native is a favorite along highway rights-of-way and on wildflower trails, as well as in home gardens.

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Lacey oak

Posted on December 18th, 2008 by Bill Ward

A happy surprise for me several years ago when I began paying more attention to the trees of the Hill Country was “discovering” the Lacey oak (Quercus laceyi).  I especially was struck by the graygreen foliage, which in some lights has a bluish cast. In fact, many people refer to this tree as “blue oak.”  Blue is my favorite color for anything; so Lacey oak is one of my favorite native trees.

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Mistletoe is long associated with Yule

Posted on December 18th, 2008 by Owen Yost

Delve into all the research and you’ll find at least a dozen reasons why mistletoe is associated with the Yule season. Most of them have been clouded by time, myth and superstition. Nowadays most plant people know that mistletoe (Phoeradendron tomentosum) is a parasitic, native, mildly poisonous plant that we’d like never to see.

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Mealy sage provides a patch of blue

Posted on December 5th, 2008 by Bill Ward

Mealy sage (Salvia farinacea) is a long-blooming, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant perennial, widely available in nurseries. Now that blue bonnets have gone to seed, it provides a welcome patch of blue in the landscape.

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The kinder, gentler yucca

Posted on December 5th, 2008 by Bill Ward

It is the flexible wavy leaves, some with a helical twist, that make twist-leaf yucca (Yucca rupicola) an attractive landscape plant.

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