Plant ID forum: Native Texas wildflower

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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Mar 6, 2017 10:47 PM CST
I haven't been able to I.D. this via Google. I'm pretty sure it's an annual that reseeds. Duration of bloom is short - maybe a couple of weeks. It's very small. Reaching about 2" in height and ranging from 1" to 3" in diameter. The foliage is sort of gray-green and the leaves are attached to a central stem, though the number of stems per plant varies from 1-5 and maybe more on occasion. For all it's diminutive size, the blooms are very showy and eye-catching. They are tubular, much like a gloxinia bloom and very lacy as the photo shows. I've never seen any variation in color. It's always a vivid canary yellow. I guess it would be a meadow plant in that it grows in the open and semi-shade that still gets a lot of sunlight. It's not plentiful, but there are always some in the spring. That's just an ordinary post oak leaf showing the lower part of the photo. Gives some perspective on the size.


Donald
Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
Cat Lover Seed Starter Herbs Plant and/or Seed Trader Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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janinilulu
Mar 7, 2017 2:15 AM CST
Lithospermum incisum, I think. That is beautiful!
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Mar 7, 2017 6:49 AM CST
Yes! Thank you. I see that it's actually a perennial and can get quite a bit larger than I've ever seen it. I guess my conditions here don't lend themselves to larger growth. I'm happy to have the name.
Donald

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