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Purple Texas Wildflowers

Big Bend National Park, Focus Stacking, Grapevine Hills Trail, Texas Wildflowers

Bicolor Fanmustard

The Bicolor Fanmustard is a grayish, hairy plant with clumps of leafy branched stems and racemes of white or lavender flowers.

Eryngium leavenworthii, Eryngo, False purple thistle, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Leavenworth's eryngo


Leavenworth’s eryngo is a prickly, 20-40 in. annual with a leafy stem, broadly branched in the upper portion. Almost the entire plant has some shade of purple.

Dalea formosa, Feather Dalea, Feather dalea, Featherplume, Focus Stacking, Texas Wildflowers

Feather Dalea

One of many shrubby species of Dalea, this Feather Dalea, with its dark bark, contorted branches, and small leaves–is an excellent candidate for bonsai.

Giant Spiderwort, Giant spiderwort, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas Wildflowers, Tradescantia gigantea Rose

Giant spiderwort

Named after John Tradescant (1608-1662) who served as gardener to Charles 1 of England. Tradescantia species will hybridize in just about any combination.

Big Bend National Park, Havard's fiddleleaf, Nama havardii, Sierra Del Chino

Havard’s Fiddleleaf

The Havard’s Fiddleleaf is one of the less common members of this genus, found only in four counties of west Texas (Presidio, Brewster, Terrell, Val Verde).

Focus Stacking, Hill Country penstemon, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Hill Country Penstemon

The Hill Country Penstemon is 1 1/2-2 ft. tall. Its brilliant red flowers, 2 in. long, are among the most showy of the genus.

Horsemint, Lemon horsemint, Lemon mint, Monarda citriodora, Monarda citriodora Cerv. ex Lag.
Lemon beebalm, Plains horsemint, Purple Horsemint, Purple horsemint, Purple lemon mint

Purple Horsemint

Purple Horsemint is an aromatic winter annual with tuft-like, lavender to pink, whorled flower heads. Each whorl is subtended by whitish or lavender, leaf-like bracts.

Focus Stacking, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas Gayfeather, Texas Wildflowers

Texas Gayfeather

The purple Texas Gafeather flowers are densely congested in a long spike on the upper part of the stem. The leaves are narrow and crowded.

Allionia incarnata, Ernst Tinaja, Flowers, Pink Windmills, Trailing Allionia, Trailing Four O'Clock, Trailing Windmills

Trailing Windmills

The orchid-colored trailing four-o’clock is a vine that grows along the ground; the plant can be 10 feet across.

Astragalus nuttallianus var. imperfectus, Big Bend National Park, Turkey Peas, Turkeypeas

Turkey Peas

Turkey Peas is a species of milkvetch. It is native to the southwestern and south-central United States and northern Mexico, where it can be found in many types of habitat

Solanum dimidiatum, St. Edwards Park, Western Horse-Nettle, Western horsenettle

Western Horse-Nettle

The leaves, petioles and branched stems of western horse nettle have sharp spines. Its flowers are purple to violet (sometimes white) and grow at the tip in terminal clusters.

Ruellia occidentalis, Ruellia strictopaniculata, Ruellia tuberosa var. occidentalis, Western Wild Petunia, uellia nudiflora var. occidentalis

Western Wild Petunia

The Western Wild Petunia’s claim to fame is its lovely violet flower trumpets, a hummingbird favorite! This rare plant is perfect for dry, hot locations.