Mexican 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.
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
The 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.
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.”
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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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.
Two local chapters of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) are working with local retail nurseries to educate the public about native plants and recommend ones that are beautiful, useful and easy to grow.
In the NICE program (Natives Instead of Common Exotics), the non-profit group works with local retail nurseries to educate the public about native plants and recommend ones that are beautiful, useful and easy to grow.
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The February meeting of the local chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will feature the program ‘Texas Wildscapes’, presented by Kelly Conrad Simon. She has been with Texas Parks and Wildlife for 19 years and currently serves as the Urban Wildlife Biologist for the Central Texas area.
The program emphasizes using native plants in landscaped beds to provide critical components of habitat: food and shelter. By providing the elements of habitat (food, shelter, and water) in their gardens, Texans can attract an exciting variety of birds, butterflies, frogs, and lizards and bring the beauty and vitality of nature home.
This meeting will be held Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm at the GVTC Auditorium located at 36101 FM 3159, Canyon Lake. For more information visit the Lindheimer NPSoT website.
The Anacacho Orchid Tree is a small tree or multi-trunked shrub, 6′ to 12′ tall. Although uncommon in the wild, it can generally be found at nurseries that carry native plants. Its common name stems from the area where it is found growing naturally: the Anacacho Mountains of the western Edwards Plateau, where it is found growing in canyons and arroyos, primarily in Kinney County and a few other spots in Texas and northeast Mexico.
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The Lindheimer Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSoT) will meet on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the GVTC Auditorium located at 36101 FM 3159, Canyon Lake.
The program ‘The Role of Native Plants in our Lives’ with Lonnie Childs will be an amusing presentation packed with awesome photos of flora and fauna, presented by the Lindheimer NPSoT.
For more information visit the Lindheimer NPSoT website, contact Janet Wilson (email@example.com), or our president, Sharon Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The regular meeting date for the rest of the year is the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Members of NPSOT identify Texas native plants at South Texas Growers.
N.I.C.E. stands for ‘Natives Instead of Common Exotics’. NICE volunteers will be at South Texas Growers this Saturday the 11th from 10am to 12pm.
A recent story on NPR explained native plants in an interview with Mary Moses from Comal County’s Native Plant Society of Texas.
As Texas slowly begins its cool-down, many people turn their thoughts toward landscaping in the fall and winter. Landscaping is tough work, but there are things you can do to make it easier, and also cheaper. How? Well, you need to go native.
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