What is a native plant? Easy. It’s a plant that was in this part of Texas before the houses, malls, swimming pools, and nursery plants. Native plants don’t need as much water and, as you’ll see below, they are attractive and low maintenance . I post about one of my favorite native plants every week at Facebook.com/LarryTheTalkingSprinkler.
- Mexican Plum
This small, hardy tree is absolutely stunning when its fragrant white flowers bloom in early spring. The purplish fruit ripens in late fall. It will grow to about 25 feet high in sun to shade.
- Southern Wax Myrtle
This multi-trunked, evergreen shrub can reach 20 feet in height. Its light olive green foliage has a spicy fragrance. This shrub prefers minimal water after establishment and will grow in full sun to part shade.
- Gulf Coast Muhly
This is a tough perennial grass that grows in clumps about two to three feet tall. Its seed head grows about half as tall as the entire plant. The spikelets are purplish pink and feathery. The gulf coast muhly grow best in full to part sun.
- Black-Eyed Susan
This perennial is part of the coneflower family. It features beautiful, golden yellow flowers with black centers up to five inches across! This native flower provides long-lasting color in your yard and makes a great cut flower.
- Gulf Coast Penstemon
This is an 18- to 24-inch perennial with purple blooms. It tends to draw hummingbirds from miles around. It’s needs minimal water after establishment and flowers in the spring and fall.