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Plants Native to Your Region Will Grow Without Much Effort

By wildflowers
December 22, 2011

Native plants and flowers are adapted to the specific conditions of your region, making them durable and easy to grow, as well as beautiful additions to the garden.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 21, 2011 6:31 PM CST
A subject very near & dear to my heart! Truer words were never spoken for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christine this is possibly the best tip of the whole year. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Dec 21, 2011 7:02 PM CST
I agree
I love my native plants. I never have to fertilize, spray or worry over them. They are garden treasures. Lovey dubby
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fiwit
Dec 21, 2011 8:01 PM CST
and the local pollinators love them, too
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sheryl
Dec 21, 2011 9:19 PM CST
Hey, how'd you all get this tip before the 22nd???
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 21, 2011 9:20 PM CST
Something to do with Greenwich mean time which somehow translates to 8 pm eastern US. I think. Blinking
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Dec 21, 2011 10:01 PM CST
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LindaTX8
Dec 21, 2011 10:33 PM CST
Thumbs up Lovey dubby
Those native plants...I love them! And finally we have enough little baby plants waiting until it's time to bloom next year! It's raining again.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Dec 21, 2011 11:00 PM CST
Oh, I love that bright yellow. Sure wish it would grow here. : (

Here is another native woodland plant for the Pacific Northwest. Fawn Lily. Erythronium oregonum

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Dec 21, 2011 11:04 PM CST
Well, saying that I like them would be an understatement, since I am crazy about them, here is Frostweed and Obedient plant. Smiling
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Dec 21, 2011 11:53 PM CST
Very pretty. Texas has some beautiful native plants. Lovey dubby
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Dec 22, 2011 3:21 AM CST
Lovey dubby Thumbs up Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Green Grin!
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Dec 22, 2011 7:36 AM CST
Yes, Texas does have wonderful native plants and I am sure other states have them too, we just need more dedicated people to get out there and point them out.
It seems that Texas has a good number of those, and that is a good thing.
Lindhiemer's Morning Glory, which Linda gave me.

Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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LindaTX8
Dec 22, 2011 9:35 AM CST
Yes, that's one I've loved since my days hanging around at the university! That Fawn Lily looks awfully pretty, Lynn!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Christine
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Dec 22, 2011 9:40 AM CST
I love all your pictures of wildflowers! Thumbs up Lovey dubby
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Dec 22, 2011 9:53 AM CST
Thank you Christine, they are wonderful subjects, and they always smile just right. Smiling
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Dec 22, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Linda, that patch of Fawn Lilies is growing under my apple trees. I don't mow that area until all the foliage had died back. I moved a few to the woodland to see if they would like it there. They actually grow much bigger in the woodland.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Dec 22, 2011 2:24 PM CST
Lynn, we have a similar lily around here called a Trout lily, and they look very similar to the ones in your picture.
I wonder if they might be related?
Trout lilies take 7 years from seed to bloom and they die after that, so they are very special indeed Smiling
http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ERAM5
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 22, 2011 3:07 PM CST
The Fawn Lily doesn't die after blooming. I haven't found any information saying they die after blooming? Do you have a link that talks about it?
I know the foliage dies back after blooming, like many of our spring blooming bulbs do. : )

There are a number of different species of Erythronium: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythronium
How fascinating. I love the pink one they show in the wikipedia link.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Dec 22, 2011 3:47 PM CST
I found a link here that explains it, very interesting that it is pollinated by ants, I didn't know that. Smiling
http://www.auburn.edu/~deancar/wfnotes/troutliy.htm
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 22, 2011 4:02 PM CST
Hurray! I didn't know that about the ants, thanks Josephine for that info. Come next spring when mine are in bloom, you will find me laying on my tummy with my camera, trying to get a photo of the ants pollinating the blooms. Whistling

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