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Nandina domestica - Heavenly Bamboo

Nandina domestica – Heavenly Bamboo

Imagine my disappointment when I stepped outside and glanced down at the the foot of a Leucophylum frutescans Cenizo bush and saw this too familiar sight. Tomorrow I will dig it up and throw it in the trash and bid it good riddance. Unfortunately, I can’t go into my neighbors’ yard and remove the plants which may have been the source of the seed dispersed by birds which resulted in this invasive species specimen.

If you see any of these, or have any in your yard, I hope you’ll do the same.

Asclepias sp – milkweed

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Asclepias species - Butterfly Weed

Asclepias species – Milkweed

When I called the local nursery I specifically asked if they had Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly milkweed…and they said yes. What I found was this, which as it turns out is most likely Asclepias currasavica, Tropical or Mexican Milweed.  That was last year, and they have managed to survive, and even to have been visited by Monarch Butterflies during their migrations.

Although I generally post species that are native to Central Texas and Williamson County in particular, an exception has been made here for the educational possibilities.  First, even though you ask for a species by name, you may not get that species, especially if  the plants are poorly or not labelled. Second, it’s probably best to ask to see the Texas Natives if you go into a nursery. That way you’ll find out just how aware the staff are of Texas Native plants and if they possess any knowledge in addition. Finally, its for good reason that one of the common names for Asclepias tuberosa is Orange Milkweed – the flowers are orange, not red and yellow.

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