Archive for May, 2010

The May Plant of the Month is Calylophus berlandieri, commonly called Sundrops or Square Bud Primrose.

This showy, 1-3 foot tall plant is commonly found in blackland prairies and along rocky limestone roadsides. Here it is along with Indian blankets (Gaillardia pulchella) and pink perennial prairie paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea):

It’s the perfect plant to put in full sun in the strip of ground between the sidewalk and road as it loves dry, rocky, harsh conditions with well-drained soils. It will also tolerate part shade.

Look for it at your local nursery and add a “drop of sun” to your garden! Speaking of nurseries, we are working on a list of those carrying native plants. Stay tuned!

Springtime on Simpson Prairie by Lisa Spangler

When: Saturday, May 15th, 9:00am-11am
Where: Crawford, TX (McLennan County, south of Waco)

Come see spring prairie wildflowers and emerging native grasses at Simpson Prairie, a terrific tallgrass prairie remnant protected by owner Mike Williams and NPAT. Field trip leaders are owner Mike Williams and Lisa and Jason Spangler.  An optional nearby seed collection trip may follow (plants permitting.)

Simpson Prairie is an outstanding example of rare Texas tallgrass prairie, of which less than 1% out of the original 20 million acres now remains. See an incredible part of Texas’ natural heritage in bloom after the abundant rain this winter and spring!

Mike harvests seed from Simpson Prairie and uses the seed when planting Laura Bush’s prairie at nearby Prairie Chappel Ranch. Mike will talk about his management and restoration at Simpson Prairie and his restoration work at Prairie Chappel Ranch as we walk the prairie and identify native plants.

We will meet at the parking lot at southeast corner of the main Crawford intersection (FM 185 and 317) at 9:00am, and we will car pool to Simpson Prairie from the parking lot. Click here for directions from Google Maps.

Please RSVP and provide contact information (phone number and email address) in case of a rain-out or other updates.

The field trip is limited to 20 attendees. Wear appropriate clothing, and bring water, sunscreen, and a snack (or have lunch in Crawford.)

RSVP to Lisa Spangler by emailing or calling at 512-736-5553.