(Oceanside Horsemint, Seaside Beebalm )
A shrubby wildflower endemic to Texas, oceanside horsemint has fragrant, coarsely toothed foliage and tiered showy flowers that bloom late in the season. A semi-woody perennial, it is native only to coastal counties around Corpus Christi, Texas where it grows in deep, sandy, oceanside soils. Unlike other Monarda, this species does not spread via rhizomes. Instead it forms neat clumps that stay put.
The aromatic green to grey-green leaves of this unusual Monarda are elongated,...
(Spotted Beebalm, Spotted Horsemint)
A striking wildflower bearing unique tiered flowers with colorful bracts, spotted horsemint has fragrant foliage and blooms most often in summer. The native wildflower exists across the lowland plains of eastern North America where it survives as a short-lived perennial. It tends to become established in drier soils, especially sandy ones, and forms a neat, tidy clump, unlike Many other Monarda species.
The medium green leaves are lance-shaped, slightly fuzzy and emit a minty, aromatic...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Redpurple Beebalm, Russel's Beebalm)
A wildflower with tiny pale lavender flowers that look like orchids, Russel's beebalm has oregano-scented foliage. A upright herbaceous perennial that forms a clump, it is native to the glades and grasslands of the central and southern United States. It has a somewhat confused botanical identity, as some taxonomists list this one as synonymous with Monarda bradburiana, Bradbury's beebalm, which has noticeable floral spots.
The medium green t yellow-green leaves are tapering ovals and...
(Stanfield's Beebalm, Stanfield's Horsemint)
A wildflower with light yellow, hairy flowers that look like tiny orchids, Stanfield's horsemint has fragrant foliage and ash white bracts when it blooms in mid- and late summer. A clumping herbaceous perennial, it is native only to (endemic) the the sandy soils along the Colorado River in central Texas, northwest of San Antonio. It grows both from spreading rhizomes (underground stems) and by self-sowing.
The aromatic green leaves are lance-shaped. They are in tufted whorls at various heights...
A lacy wildflower with ivory flowers that look like tiny orchids, green horsemint has fragrant bright green foliage and deep pink bracts when it blooms in late summer and autumn. A clumping herbaceous perennial, it is native only to (endemic) the sandy soils in southeastern Texas' woodland edges, around Austin. It grows both from spreading rhizomes (underground stems) and by self-sowing. The bases of the stems can become woody.
The aromatic bright green leaves are linear lance-shaped. They...
Of all the bananas, this is the most hardy and amenable to colder climates. Hardy banana or Japanese fiber banana is an evergreen, tree-like perennial native to Japan. Its immense, arching, paddle-shaped leaves have horizontal ribbed veins and lend a tropical look to the landscape. They remain evergreen year round in subtropical to tropical areas but are deciduous in more temperate regions. In summer, it bears pendent spikes of flowers in the axils of large, brown floral bracts. The flowers sometimes...
Mark A. Miller
(Alpine Forget-Me-Not, Mountain Forget-Me-Not)
A quaint wildflower of the alpine regions of Europe, Asia, and northwestern North America, this small, fuzzy-leaved, sometimes short-lived herbaceous perennial produces rich blue flowers in mid-spring. It is often confused in horticulture with woodland forget-me-not, Myosotis sylvatica, which is a prolifically self-sowing biennial.
Plants form low tufted clumps of fuzzy, oblong, light green leaves. Dense clusters of five-petaled flowers appear on compact stems from mid-spring to as...
Often short-lived, woodland forget-me-not is an herbaceous perennial of European origin. In spring plants form small clumps of small hairy gray-green leaves from which rise branched flower stems with curled flower spikes (helicoid cymes) dotted with tiny, tubular five-petaled flowers with white and yellow centers. These fairyland flowers have an airy, ephemeral appearance and can bloom from spring to summer.
There are many cultivars, differing in size and flower color, including white, pink,...