A few central Texas wildflower bulbs

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Mon, 12 Apr 2004 21:48:46 PDT
Last week we went to Austin, Texas to visit my family and my wife 
wanted to visit Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center since this is the 
season when much of Texas bursts into an incredible display of 
wildflowers almost everywhere you look. Among other flowers, I took 
some photos of Hymenocallis liriosme and Iris virginica var. shrevei 
and put them on the wiki.


Our last night there we went to eat dinner at the home of a longtime 
friend of mine who has moved out into the Hill Country of Central 
Texas. We got there before sunset and were out in their "backyard" when 
I noticed a beautiful blue flower here and there, mostly near or under 
the live oaks dotting his property. I tried to take some pictures, but 
most of them were blurry due to the diminishing light (and my own 
difficulty taking close-ups with a digital camera). Also, the flowers 
were starting to shrivel up. In all my years growing up and living 
there, I had never seen this flower, nor have I seen it in any of the 
bulb galleries. I know it is a bulbs because I got my friend's 
permission to dig up a couple. (He recognized it as the purple bulb he 
kept digging up when he prepared the beds for his vegetable garden. He 
also dug up a lot of larger native rainlily bulbs at the same time.) 
Mary Sue has looked in her few books on the area and has tentatively 
identified it as one of the Nemastylis species. I uploaded a few photos 
to the Mystery Bulbs page.


--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10

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