At the most recent native plant sale at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, I had only one plant “must have” on my list. And then when it turned out that I couldn’t attend the sale, Diana, Sharing Nature’s Garden, nicely picked up 3 native Texas Bluebells so my list would be satisfied. When they first began to grow this spring, I didn’t think I would like the gangly blue-green foliage. But who cares when the flowers look like this!
I found this great info on Texas Gardener Online about this wildflower:
“Bluebells can be found growing over most of Texas (except the most arid areas). It likes fertile, prairie-type soil (you will not often find it growing in deep sand) and needs at least a moderate amount of moisture. It can tolerate wet conditions, but not standing water. This one is a great choice for coastal areas where drainage is less than perfect. It will be found growing on rolling hills, on the slopes and around the bottoms of the slopes.
Bluebell is an upright, clumping-type plant, usually reaching a height of around 1 to 2 feet — occasionally slightly taller. The native variety, Eustomia exaltalum, is a short-lived perennial lasting 3 to 7 years while the Japanese varities (Lisianthes) are annual. It will often form extensive colonies — never forming a continuous, tight sod — with space (usually about a foot) between the individual plants. The foliage is pale green (or sometimes almost a blue-green) and is not palatable to grazing animals.”
Robin’s Note: I have not given these plants any more water than anything else in that bed, so they haven’t been pampered. Perhaps if we were still in our horrible exceptional drought conditions of the last two years, they wouldn’t look so good.
And remember the dead Bottlebrush Tree? It lives again – as a trellis for my Hyacinth Bean Vine. Or rather, the 4 Hyacinth Bean Vines, and 2 Moonflower vines that haven’t started growing yet. Adhering to my motto as a good Texas gal “If anything can be done, then it can be easily overdone”, I think I might need to pull 1 or 2 of those vines out of there to give it breathing and blooming room. What do you think?