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.
This page is provided and maintained by the Native Plant Society of Texas, a non-profit organization supported by grants, donations and member dues, which promotes research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example. To learn more about us visit the Native Plant Society of Texas website. Support our mission by donating or becoming a member.
Monarch Waystations on Interstate 35
Celebrate Texas Native Plant Week by helping to build a Monarch Waystation in Hill County.
Thursday October 13 will be Welcome the Monarchs Field Day at the Hill County Safety Rest Area, northbound on Interstate 35 (exit 362A). The public is invited to help with planting the waystations, and they can also, or instead, visit staffed outreach booths on site. A smaller event will be offered on Sunday October 16 at the southbound exit.
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.
Resources for Everyone
Use our great tools to participate in Native Plant Week. The following links will help you find what to plant, how to plant, how to prune and where to find great native plants to add to your landscape.
WHERE TO FIND NATIVE PLANTS & WHAT TO PLANT
- Find Native Plant/Seed Suppliers by Location
- Native Plant Database
- Native Trees of Texas
- Texas Native Shrubs
- Recommended Plant Lists at the Wildflower Center Website
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 tree that competes with native plants for resources.
To see questions that Mr. Smarty Plants at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has answered from your area, visit Ask Mr. Smarty Plants and select a topic, enter your city or zip code, or use any other search criteria. You can also click on the second link below the Search Smarty Plants box to submit your own native plant question online.
Also, see: How-to Article on Pruning a Tree
ALL ABOUT TREES
- Trees Recommended for Under Utility Lines – Visit the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
- All 53 Oak Species Found in Texas – View all of them in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
- An article on the value of trees, the thousands of years they can live, and their historic preservation from a 2008 issue of Wildflower magazine.
- A 2008 Wildflower magazine article on the value and history of oak trees worldwide, including Austin’s Treaty Oak.
- View a List of Native Trees that can serve as alternatives to invasive trees occurring in Texas.
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).