Wildflowers: A visit to my yard - III

Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

(April to June)

This yellow daisy with a yellow center is also called Golden Wave. It can establish a colony of flowers similar to Sleepy Daisy, although, unlike it, it is a perennial. It is called "lanceleaf" because of its long, narrow leaves. It spreads by stems rooting and by seed and the expansin of clumps. A number of buds can be seen in the lower foreground. These daisies are intermixed with Spiderworts, seen dimly in the background.

Lazy Daisy (Aphanostephus skirrhobasis)

(February to November)

Also known as doze daisy, this flower has a habit of not getting up too early in the morning.

Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)

(February to December)

This flower grows along roadsides and in pastures and fields. It grows naturally in the sandy soil of prairie and to some degree in clay. It is sometimes called Firewheel. It is the only annual gaillardia in Texas. The others are perennials.

Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

(February to November)

This import from Japan is an aggressive climbing vine and ground cover. Like Kudzu (Pueraia lobata), a Japanese import in the southeastern U.S., this plant is capable of overwhelming and killing not only small plants, but large trees as well. Although beloved for its flowers by humans and birds, there are native honeysuckles without comparable problems. Once it has been planted by humans or birds, the issue becomes: how to get rid of it. The fate of the western edge of the yard remains undecided.

Horseherb (Calyptocarpus vialis)

(Spring to Fall)

This plant is an excellent ground cover . Unlike Japanese Honeysuckle, it is not aggressive and does not climb, although it outcompetes grass in shady areas. It requires no water and can be mowed. The tiny yellow flowers remain in bloom from spring to fall. It is also called Hierba del Caballo and Straggler Daisy.

Wild Onion (Allium canadense)

(April to May)

These tiny flowers emerge out of a large bulb at the top of a long stalk. Wild onion has a mild flavor and odor. It can be eaten raw. When it is cut with a lawnmower, the yard fills with the smell of onion. Spiderwort dominate the background.

ECH - July 26, 2000
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