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News | September 26, 2017

2017 Fall Inventory Sale

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Our fall plant sale this year will be from Thursday, October 12 to Saturday the 14th, from 8AM to 3PM. We will be offering 20% off all trees and plants in stock. Bring pet food for the Bulverde Humane Society and get a free plant!

Come browse our nursery at 22201 Hwy 46W in Bulverde, TX, just 2 miles west of US281.

News | April 11, 2017

Native Landscape Certification Program

The Native Plant Society of Texas is hosting a Native Landscape Certification class at Boerne’s Cibolo Nature Center and public library this weekend. For class schedules and descriptions visit http://npsot.org/wp/nlcp/course-descriptions/

Plant of the Month | January 12, 2017

Plant of the Month: Flame Acanthus

Flame Acanthus is a small to medium spreading shrub, 3’ – 5’ tall, found naturally in the southern part
of the Edwards Plateau (Uvalde County) and west Texas (Brewster County). In the wild it occurs in dry rocky soils in the floodplains of streams and other shrublands. Very heat and drought tolerant, it begins blooming in late spring or early summer and continues on into the fall with red to orange tubular flowers that are favorites of hummingbirds. Like many xeric plants, occasional rains increase the number of blooms. In addition to feeding hummingbirds, it is a host plant for the attractive Crimson Patch butterfly.

Flame Acanthus is an attractive ornamental that will readily take to a sunny, exposed site with poor soil. However, it is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, and will thrive in clay soil if it is well drained.

It will also grow in light shade, but flowering will be reduced. Its drought tolerance makes it a good patio pot plant. When given favorable conditions, it can reseed aggressively. It is cold tolerant but may die back somewhat in a cold winter. Late winter pruning will eliminate dead branches and will also create a bushier plant with increased blooms. Flame Acanthus can be started from fresh seed or cuttings. It is available in nurseries specializing in native plants, and is reportedly deer resistant.

Text by John Siemssen, Photos by Joseph A. Marcus, Wildflower Center and aprairiehaven.com

News | September 28, 2016

Fall Inventory Sale

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Our fall plant sale this year will be October 6-8, from 9AM to 3PM. We will be offering 20% off all trees and perennials in stock, and 10% off all other stock.

Come browse our nursery at 22201 Hwy 46W in Bulverde, TX, just 2 miles west of US281.

News | May 12, 2016

Crapemyrtle Sale!

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From May 16, 2016 to June 17, 2016 our crapemyrtle plants, all sizes and colors, are 15% off. This is a great time of the year to add some to your yard!

Plant of the Month | April 18, 2016

Plant of the Month: Lindheimer’s Morning Glory

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Lindheimer’s Morning Glory is a long blooming, perennial vine of Central and West Texas. It is related to the commonly cultivated Morning Glory species from tropical regions of the Americas, generally grown as annuals in our area. Our native species is more cold hardy, and grows as a deciduous perennial vine. It likes full sun, and although it is generally tolerant of dry conditions it responds well to supplemental water during droughts.

Lindheimer’s Morning Glory has 2″ to 3″ faintly fragrant sky blue flowers from April through October. Like other Morning Glories, they open in the morning and close by mid-day. The vine can grow to 6′ and is trailing or climbing depending on where it is grown. In its native habitat it is found in rocky soils, in draws or ravines. Because deer will eat the foliage, it may be found growing among other protective plants where deer are present.

Plants may be found in nurseries that specialize in natives and are worth seeking out. The seed can be hard to find commercially, but it can readily be grown from collected seeds. Plants started from seed will generally bloom the second season.

2016 marks the 215th anniversary of Ferdinand Lindheimer’s birth in 1801. Lindheimer, an early resident of New Braunfels, is known as the ‘Father of Texas Botany.’ He collected many specimen of previously unknown plants in Central Texas, and today over 40 plants bear his name.

Text and Photos by John Siemssen.
NPSOT meeting information and previous Plants of the Month can be found on the Lindheimer Chapter Website.

Plant of the Month | November 16, 2015

Plant of the Month: Mexican Feathergrass

mexican-feathergrassMexican Feathergrass is an attractive, ornamental landscape plant, native to West Texas and other parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Interestingly, it is also found in Argentina and Chile with no native populations between the two ranges. In its native habitat it’s found in open woods on rocky flats and slopes in well drained soils.

Mexican Feathergrass forms soft bunches, about 1′ to 2′ tall. It makes an interesting, low growing landscape plant, either singly as an accent, or when planted in groupings. The soft grass blades move in the wind, creating an attractive effect. It prefers full sun but tolerates part shade.

Good drainage is a must, and it will rot if given too much water. Like many native grasses, it will go dormant during summer droughts and during the winter, turning a warm golden color.

Mexican Feathergrass will reseed in good conditions. The seedlings can be easily removed or transplanted. If desired, dead leaves can be cut back in mid winter, although this is not necessary. It is highly deer resistant.

Note: Mexican Feathergrass is a NPSOT NICE! selection for Summer, 2015.

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Text by John Siemssen. Photo by Sally and Andy Wasowski, Wildflower Center.
NPSOT meeting information and previous Plants of the Month can be found on the Lindheimer Chapter Website

News | September 1, 2015

September Native Plant Society of Texas Meeting

butterflyThe Lindheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will have its September meeting on the 15th at 7:00 at the GVTC Auditorium.

We will have a very special guest, Cathy Downs, who will give a presentation about Monarch conservation. She is the chair of the ‘Bring Back the Monarchs to Texas’ Program. This program works to develop monarch habitat project in cooperation with Native Plant Society of Texas and Monarch Watch. Cathy is also a certified Monarch Larval Monitoring Project educator and teaches Monarch biology, habitat and migration at various locations throughout Texas.

Seed Exchange

We will also have our annual seed exchange at this meeting! Suggestions for seed exchange:

It is not a formal presentation. Just bring what you’d like to share. Some seeds will be available in bulk so be sure to bring plastic sandwich/snack bags, glass jars, paper envelopes – even used ones, a vessel in which to place seeds to take home. There should be some extra available bags and envelopes. Please bring any extras you may have.

Even if you don’t have seeds to exchange, there will be plenty of seeds for members to take and start. Just be sure to bring a vessel in which to place seeds to take home. It is also acceptable to divvy out seeds in individual packages for taking.

Labeling is very important.

Ron Chang says, “I figure that most of the stuff we bring will have at least a 10% germination rate, so about 20 seeds should bring success. Native grasses are fine.”

Plant of the Month | February 25, 2015

Plant of the Month: Texas White Honeysuckle

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Texas White Honeysuckle is perhaps best described as a climbing shrub. In the landscape, it can be grown as a 4′ bush, trained as an espalier on a trellis, or allowed to naturally cascade down a bank or retaining wall. However it is grown, it will produce yellowish white blooms in the spring
which are followed by clusters of orange red fruit. It remains evergreen in mild winters.
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News | February 22, 2015

2015 San Antonio Home & Garden Show

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South Texas Growers will be at this year’s San Antonio Home & Garden Show in booth 405, as we were last year. This year’s show will be held Friday February 27th  to Sunday March 1st at the Alamodome.


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