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?