What is Texas Native Plant Week?

To recognize the role of native plants in conservation and to provide incentive for school’s to teach children about the importance of native plants, the State of Texas established the third week in October as Texas Native Plant Week.

Many organizations and communities celebrate Texas Native Plant Week with festive events, native plant sales, educational opportunities and outside activities. Look for events to attend in your community, or celebrate by getting outside and enjoying our wonderful Texas native plants.

 

Monarch Waystations on Interstate 35

The Native Plant Society of Texas is designing and installing Monarch Waystations featuring native pollinator plants at Texas Department of Transportation highway rest stops in Hill County and Bell County in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service. As described by Monarch Watch, Monarch Waystations are patches of habitat that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.

The gardens will be planted with native Texas milkweed and with native plants that are used as nectar sources by the migrating butterflies. Female monarchs only lay their eggs on milkweeds and a few other plants in the same plant family. Most of the monarch butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains migrate south to Mexico each winter and return north in the spring, traveling through Texas along a corridor that roughly matches the path of Interstate Highway 35.

In 2016 The Native Plant Society of Texas and others celebrated Texas Native Plant Week by beginning to build a Monarch Waystation in Hill County.

Thursday October 13 was Welcome the Monarchs Field Day at the Hill County Safety Rest Area, northbound on Interstate 35 (exit 362A). The public was invited to help with planting the waystations, and to visit staffed outreach booths on site. A smaller event was offered on Sunday October 16 at the southbound exit.

 

Resources for Everyone

The following links will help you find what to plant, how to plant, and where to find great native plants to add to your landscape.

WHAT IS A TEXAS NATIVE PLANT?

One definition is plants that were growing naturally here when the European settlers came. This is the tacit definition many botanists and native-plant enthusiasts seem to use. Read more.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center maintains a database where you can look up plants by common name or scientific name and determine whether they are considered native in a particular area. Native Plant Database

WHERE TO FIND NATIVE PLANTS & WHAT TO PLANT

MONARCHS & MILKWEED

UNDERSTANDING INVASIVES

Download a brochure on the Dangers of Invasive Species from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Search the Texas Invasives Database to find out if a plant in your area is an aggressive, non-native that competes with native plants for resources.

TAKE A CLASS

Take a class to learn how you can use native plants in your home landscape. Find a class near you.

GO OUTSIDE!

National Wildlife Federation’s Get Outside Program (with information on making a difference at home, in your backyard, at school, on campus and in your area).