This is my first time joining Gail’s Wildflower Wednesday. I am looking forward to the opportunity to see everyone’s collections.
Leucophyllum frutescens is my favourite shrub. It usually flowers after a rain storm. The limbs are all twisty and bonsai-like. I believe the one growing on our property is a cultivar of the Texas native plant. I usually prefer wild things but in this one case
I simply love the combination of white flowers with silver leaves.
Rain lilies are another barometer plant that will predictably spring up when it rains.
The autumn sage took this rain as its cue to begin flowering, too.
Esperanza has been blooming in Austin everywhere else for weeks now but mine is just beginning. It has been a long time since I’ve seen any colour so all these blooms are so welcome.
I admit to being obsessed with Commelina erecta. Whole hillsides at Willowbrook Reach are dotted with crayon blue. I always had a few growing here and there but now I want more. It looks great combined with Gregg’s mistflower.
One of the so-called ‘deadly’ nightshades:
The berries are black when ripe and they are delicious. No, really. When I was a girl I remember this poor plant being singled out as a particularly dangerous plant. Now I grow them on purpose. They are not nearly as toxic as people seem to believe. Of course your mileage may vary and people can be allergic to all kinds of things so … use some caution.
This next one (silverleaf nightshade) really is toxic but I thought the berries looked interesting. I found it growing in a ditch. When the berries are ripe they turn a bright yellow. Cow killers. Beware.
The flowers are purple; the leaves silver.
Wild petunias …
The nightshade family is so diverse! Tubers, trees, vines, forbs … Some are annuals; some are perennial. Some are poisonous while others are part of our everyday diet.
This family includes many well known commercial plants: peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, gooseberries, tobacco, petunias …
I am not sure what they all have in common besides having flowers with five fused petals. I think it is interesting that so many of them were native to the warmer regions of North and South America.
Thanks again to Gail for the opportunity to share some colour.