Suggested new plants for Discovery Garden

Following is a list of suggested plants to donate to the garden. All are Texas natives.

The first group of plants are drought-tolerant.

Sources for this list include and to determine whether the plant is a native.,,,, and were all used for sources for lists of drought-tolerant plants.

Ungnadia speciosa Mexican Buckeye (Small tree. Similar to red bud, fragrant flowers, leaves turn yellow in fall. Drought tolerant.)

Ungnadia speciosa 2 Ungnadia speciosa 3 Ungnadia speciosa 1

Echinacea angustifolia (Perennial. Purple cone flower. Similar to zinnia in growth. Drought tolerant.)

Echinacea angustifolia




Penstemon laxiflorus (Perennial. Drought tolerant.)

Penstemon laxiflorus





Calylophus berlandieri (Perennial. Yellow flowered primrose. Heat tolerant, but may need some water during dry periods.)

Calylophus berlandieri



Salvia ballotiflora (Perennial Blue salvia.)

Salvia ballotiflora




Leucophyllum frutescens (Perennial shrub. Texas sage. Gray foliage.)

Leucophyllum frutescens




Phlox pilosa (Perennial. Downy phlox. Drought tolerant.)

Phlox pilosa 1 Phlox pilosa 2




Ruellia nudiflora (Similar to Ruellia Humilis, but plant & flowers are smaller and it tolerates drought.)

Ruellia nudiflora




Vernonia lindheimeri (Perennial. Drought tolerant. It is well-behaved.)

Vernonia lindheimeri 1 Vernonia lindheimeri 2






Wedelia texana (Perennial. Evergreen. Bright, yellow flowers similar to zinnia. Well-behaved.)

Wedelia texana 1 Wedelia texana 2



Drought-tolerant annuals that would work in a wildflower garden with Bluebonnets.

Phlox drummondii (Annual. Would work well in a wildflower garden with Bluebonnets. Drought tolerant.)

Phlox drummondii





Sabatia campestris (Annual. Would work well with Bluebonnets. Drought tolerant.)

Sabatia campestris




The following may not be drought-tolerant, but were selected for their unusual characteristics.

Liatris acidota (Perennial. An out-of-the ordinary plant. May not tolerate drought.)

Liatris acidota




Lobelia cardinalis ‘Black Truffle’ Deciduous perennial with bright black to deep red leaves.

Lobelia cardinalis




Canna ‘Cannova Series’





Gaura lindheimeri (Large, perennial shrub. Blossoms look like orchids open in the evening. May not tolerate drought.)

Gaura lindheimeri 1 Gaura lindheimeri 2





Glandularia canadensis  (Perennial. May not be drought tolerant. Lavender flowers look like phlox.)

Glandularia canadensis 1 Glandularia canadensis 2





Osmunda cinnamomea (Fern with unusual “flowers”. Perennial. Cinnamon fern. Likes shady, wet areas.)

Osmunda cinnamomea





Physostegia intermedia (Not drought tolerant. Likes lots of water. Perennial. Flowers are similar to snapdragon.)

Physostegia intermedia




Physostegia virginiana (Perennial. Flowers similar to snapdragon. Likes wet areas. Not drought tolerant.)

Physostegia virginiana 1 Physostegia virginiana 2




Ruellia humilis (Wild petunia. Similar in appearance to Mexican Petunia. Perennial. Likes wet, partly shaded areas. Not drought tolerant.)

Ruellia humilis 1 Ruellia humilis 2





Thalia dealbata (Exotic looking tropical perennial. Likes wet, partly shaded areas.)

Thalia dealbata 2Thalia dealbata 1






Amsonia illustris (Likes wet, shaded areas. Not drought tolerant. Perennial. Blue, star-shaped flowers.)

Amsonia illustris






Monarda fistulosa (Perennial. Spidery shaped flowers. Probably not drought tolerant.)

Monarda fistulosa 1 Monarda fistulosa 2





Manfreda maculosa (Exotic fragrant flowers. Succulent. The royalty-free images below do not do justice to this plant. The flower actually looks much better than this.)

Manfreda maculosa 1 Manfreda maculosa 2






Large shrubs or small trees.

Vaccinium arboreum – tree with fragrant white flowers and red foliage in the fall.

Vaccinium arboreum 1 Vaccinium arboreum 2






Viburnum rufidulum – Large shrub or small tree. White flowers and colorful fall foliage.

Viburnum rufidulum 1





Philodendron bipinnatifidum is a possibility for shaded areas of First Capitol Park. It may freeze in a hard winter, but should come back when the weather warms. It is not native, but it would add to the tropical feel of our climate.

Philodendron bipinnatifidum





The following are native azaleas that would look nice in the wooded are of the park.

Rhododendron canescens – fragrant, pink flowers

Rhododendron canescens





Rhododendron oblongifolium – Texas azalea, fragrant, white flowers

Rhododendron oblongifolium





Rhododendron prinophyllum – pink-purple flowers

Rhododendron prinophyllum




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