Over the 13 years that I’ve been focusing on native plants I’ve often portrayed individuals, but I’ve also been fascinated by the combinations of species I find growing in the same place or even occasionally stuck together. Today’s picture, taken on May 3 in far south Austin, shows a threesome that appealed to me.
Playing a supporting role in the background were some firewheels, Gaillardia pulchella, a species you’ve seen several times and in several stages this spring. The frontmost wildflower is a Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum, another species you’ve seen several times this year. New to this blog is the plant that the thistle has gotten itself stuck on: prairie parsley, Polytaenia nuttallii. Please bid it welcome.
I hope this combination of colors calls out to you as much as it did to me.
Posted on this date last year: a view of the toll the drought was taking on our ashe juniper trees.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman