Monday, April 2, 2012

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 This little lady here....

Monarch Butterfly Picture from Wikpedia

....picked our next flower. The "Butterflyweed" Asclepias tuberosa , also know as "orange milkweed" or "butterfly milkweed". This plant attracts many species of butterflies. The Monarch larvae feed on the leaves as well. This plant grows in the sandy open soils of the eastern half of Texas. While the butterflies love this plant, it is poisonous to cattle.

Asclepias tuberosa
Picture from University of Texas Plant Resource Center

   And of course I can't leave out this famous Texas flower, I think the state would revoke my birth certificate.

Lupinus texensis
Picture from University of Texas Plant Resource Center
   Of course this is the "Texas Bluebonnet" Lupinus texensis. The "State Flower of Texas" is the most widely planted flower by the Texas Highway Department. It blooms in March, April, and May. On sunny weekends during those months you will find people stopping along the roads to take pictures in the bluebonnets. Just remember to watch for ants before you plop the baby in the middle of a beautiful bunch for that picture.

Want to know the legend of the bluebonnet check out my blog post from last year here.