|[ Alamo Vine (Distimake dissectus) | Posted on August 31, 2016 ]
A word of caution about the Alamo Vine. A long time ago, I gathered a few seeds from a plant growing at one of the missions in San Antonio. The seeds sprouted, the vines grew, and the flowers were lovely. They made more seeds. Those all sprouted. Now, sixteen years later, I'm still pulling out volunteers.
|[ West Texas Mist Flower (Conoclinium greggii) | Posted on May 13, 2016 ]
If I could only have one butterfly plant in the garden, it would be this one. It attracts Queens in droves and the occasional Monarch. This Mist Flower spreads by underground runners, providing a nice stand in sun or partial shade. A highly desirable plant.
|[ Talayote (Cynanchum racemosum var. unifarium) | Posted on April 17, 2016 ]
This volunteer plant, locally known as Climbing Milkweed, comes up every spring and spreads by underground runners. It is always covered with aphids which, in turn, attract ladybugs.