Alophia drummondii | Pinewoods Lily

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The weekend we moved into our house we were doing a massive amount of yard work. We happened to notice this purple flower among the tall grass. I didn’t have my camera with me but I made a mental note to dig the plant up when I could to put it somewhere that wouldn’t get mowed over. That went to the far reaches of my mind until one day we noticed another one blooming! Luckily I had my camera on hand for good pictures and here we have Alophia drummondii the pinewoods lily/propeller flower/prairie iris.

The link above states that they tend to grow where forests meet prairie and I would definitely agree with this. My county as a whole is kind of a western edge of the pine dominated woods of east Texas. My yard is also a combination of pines and grassy areas (as a yard usually is!) and I’m really excited to have this native hanging around our yard. I found this interesting essay on the flower and thought it also noteworthy that this is the northernmost of this genus.

While I will be planting non-natives in the yard too, I would like to try to find interesting natives that would do good in our sandy/piney habitat. We’ve already purchased a few trees (‘Little Gem’ magnolia, big-leaf magnolia, Shumard oak, and an orange tree) we will be getting more to fill out some gaps from the 8 or 9 dead pine trees we have had to take down, but also to create some understory and interesting habitat.

Have you found any interesting or rare natives in your yard?

Comments 2

  1. chel wrote:

    Before they built the house, they pretty much raised the little piece of land, so nothing that wasn’t put there grows for us. But I’m starting to think more and more about landscaping and replacing what came with the house with other things. I think in the next 18 months we’ll replace two trees and move some things around. One step at a time 🙂

    Posted 24 Jul 2012 at 5:43 pm
  2. Moosie wrote:

    Oh wow! I ‘m so excited for you to have this. Very pretty!!!!!!!!!! I love flowers sooooooo much!!!!!

    Posted 27 Jul 2012 at 11:04 am

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