Texas Native Plants

Icons indicate which native plants can attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds.

Butterflies

Shrubs

American Beautyberry Callicarpa Americana

It has small, greenish-white flowers in early summer, followed by grape-like groups of beautiful purple berries late summer. Semi-shaded sites with some moisture are the best for planting. The American Beautyberry can tolerate full sun if given supplemental watering, and can tolerate some drought, but does not do well on thin, rocky soils. Apart from the above criteria, remarkably tolerant of various soils and habitats.

Mexican Bird of Paradise Caesalpinia Mexicana

The Mexican Bird of Paradise produces numerous large racemes of bright yellow flowers in Central Texas summer Texas. While it may suffer some in winter - ice storms. A hard freeze can cause the plant to lose the wood above ground or maybe limbs but usually comes back from the base. Creates a light, dappled shade.

Pride of Barbados Caesalpinia pulcherrima

Easily grown in alkaline to acidic, well-drained soils. The Pride of Barbados is a fast growing, but short lived plant. This plant is moderately tolerant of salty conditions. The Pride of Barbados flowers benefit from pruning, and can be shaped to tree form or shrubby bush form. While these plants prefer full sun to partial shade, the Pride of Barbados flowers bloom best in full sun. This plant, once established, can be drought tolerant.

Red Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora

This evergreen shrub grows to a mature size of 3 feet by 3 feet and is considered to be drought tolerant after being established. Features coral flowers that bloom from spring through summer and will grow in full sun or part sun. This plant can also tolerate salty soil or wind as well as constant southeast wind.

Texas Sotol Dasylirion texanum

This is a medium-size shrub that needs good drainage, full sun, and very limited water. The dioecious flowers (male and female on separate plants) bloom from May to August. Sharp spines or teeth along the leaves can be dangerous unless planted for security barriers so should be kept away from pedestrian areas. Texas Sotol is drought and heat tolerant. Can be planted as landscape plants, as accents, massed as large focal points, or in pots.

Coral Berry Symphoricarpos orbiculatus

The Coral Berry is a small, mound-shaped, deciduous shrub which usually grows to 4 ft. but can reach 6 ft. with an open crown and arching stems. In late summer, tiny white flowers bloom which give way to coral-pink berries which stay on the plant through the winter. This shrub needs fully or partly shaded areas and needs good drainage but doesn’t need a lot of water once established.

Germander Teucrium chamaedrys

Native Texas Trees

Texas Persimmon

Texas Redbud

Eve’s Necklace

Texas Ash

Desert Willow

Mountain Laurel

Mexican Redbud

Roughleaf Dogwood

Anacho Orchid Tree

Mexican Plum

American Smoketree

Red Buckeye

Afghan Pine

Vitex

Possomhaus

Yaupon Holly (Female)

Perennials

Yellow Belle

Skeleton Leaf Goldeneye

Blue Twist Leaf Yucca

Red Yucca

Blackfoot Daisy

Ground Cover

Beach Vitex

Grasses

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