White Rock native prairie: a springtime photo survey (Part 2)

Back on April 9 we were seeing foxglove as the predominant bloomer on the native prairie parklands here in Big D. A little over a week later, blanket flower (Gaillardia) festoons the sloping terrain between Van Dyke and the dense woods bordering Norbuck Park.

Blanket Flower, aka Indian Blanket

A great deal more purple coneflower (Echinacea) is blooming now, coming in a close second to the showy blanket flower — closely followed by the whimsically cone-shaped Mexican Hat (Ratibida).

Purple coneflower

Mexican hat

I even spotted a hitherto unobserved Salvia (lyre leaf sage?), a singular showy thistle blossom, and a shy bunny rabbit trying to make himself invisible as I suddenly appeared on the trail next to his hidey-hole. (It didn’t work.)

An unusual (for the locality) blue Salvia

A lonely thistle

Bunny rabbit attempting to hide

Coneflower – reprise

Mexican hat – reprise

Blanket flower – reprise

Tide of straw


16 thoughts on “White Rock native prairie: a springtime photo survey (Part 2)

  1. I love your photos. The blue Salvia appears to me to be Bog sage (Salvia uligiosa), technically a native of parts of South America. Even though is called Bog sage, it grows fine in dry areas. The flowers are the most stunning color of sky blue with clear white spot. I notice you did not give a botanical name for the foxglove in your previous White Rock posting. It is Penstemon cobaea. The true foxglove, whose flowers inspired the common name for our native Penstemon, is Digitalis purpurea, which unfortunately does not put up with Texas heat for long. I’m glad I stumbled into your site!

    • Thanks so much for the info gardengirl! I will share botanical clarifications w/my spouse, the gardener in the family.

      • Sorry, left out an “n”: Salvia uliginosa. It is available at native plant nurseries and Texas Discovery Gardens has had it at their annual plant sales. Warning: it does spread underground, although less so planted in dry areas than in boggy ones. It’s worth it for that extraordinary blue.

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