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Drummond’s sandwort

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Drummond’s sandwort, Minuartia drummondii, makes its debut here today, thanks to our finding broad stands of it in a field several miles north of La Grange on March 29th. This species thrives in sandy soil—hence the name sandwort—and doesn’t grow in Austin. You can click the first view to enlarge the panorama, while the second picture offers a closer look at the flowers.

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Yesterday I took the FAIR Pledge. If you’re of like mind, you can take it too. Here’s what it says:

Fairness. “I seek to treat everyone equally without regard to skin color or other immutable characteristics. I believe in applying the same rules to everyone, and reject disparagement of individuals based on the circumstances of their birth.”

Understanding. “I am open-minded. I seek to understand opinions or behavior that I do not necessarily agree with. I am tolerant and consider points of view that are in conflict with my prior convictions.”

Humanity. “I recognize that every person has a unique identity, that our shared humanity is precious, and that it is up to all of us to defend and protect the civic culture that unites us.”

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 5, 2021 at 4:37 AM

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  1. Another carpet of pretty flowers, Steve! The only display we get that is similar to the one you photographed is a carpet of dandelions later in spring.

    Peter Klopp

    April 5, 2021 at 8:54 AM

    • I’ve unfortunately seen carpets of dandelions like the one you mentioned. Fortunately in Texas, as you’ve so often seen here, we have plenty of native floral carpets.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2021 at 11:05 AM

      • I love carpets of dandelions. And their greens are so tasty and nutritious! 🙂

        Lavinia Ross

        April 5, 2021 at 11:54 AM

        • As those dandelions tend to be invasive, eating the greens is good ecology—and, as you pointeed out, good nutrition.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 5, 2021 at 2:36 PM

  2. Agree wholeheartedly


    April 5, 2021 at 10:52 AM

  3. A field of snowy green! A restful image. That is a good pledge, and I join you. Maybe someday that will be taught in schools.

    Lavinia Ross

    April 5, 2021 at 11:53 AM

    • What’s ominous for the future of the country is that our schools used to teach the things in that pledge, and now the schools openly discriminate, in violation of the 14th Amendment and various civil rights laws.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2021 at 2:38 PM

  4. Well, I did it. And the flowers are cute. A.

    Alessandra Chaves

    April 5, 2021 at 6:44 PM

    • Great, glad to hear it. As for the flowers, I think I’d seen that species only once before, so finding such a lush colony of it was a treat.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2021 at 7:44 PM

      • Some kind of scale would help. I don’t think I’ve seen these flowers but I’m at loss as far as their size.

        Alessandra Chaves

        April 5, 2021 at 7:46 PM

        • Good question. Each flower is at most about 3 cm (one-and-an-eighth inches) across. What the flowers lack in size, they make up for in numbers.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 5, 2021 at 7:55 PM

  5. Great pledge!

    Eliza Waters

    April 5, 2021 at 6:45 PM

    • I felt fortunate to find a group promoting those ideals, which unfortunately are being so flagrantly denied now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2021 at 7:46 PM

  6. Now I’m really curious. I’ve seen some fields that appeared white, but I couldn’t get past fencing and couldn’t identify them. I only knew the flowers were white and small, and certainly not any of the daisy-like flowers I’m familiar with. Since I’ve seen those fields south of Seguin, and since I’ve clomped through some sandy soils in the area, I wonder if I might have seen this species. I’ll certainly keep an eye out for it today.

    That’s a good pledge, although a touch of cynicism led me to consider the possibility that the people who most could benefit from taking the pledge probably won’t. Conversely, those who already live by its precepts probably will be eager to join in. No matter. The intentionality of taking such a pledge elevates the values, and its existence provides a good starting point for conversation.


    April 6, 2021 at 6:28 AM

    • This was the field I mentioned to you that’s on US 77 probably no more than five miles north of La Grange. It has the great advantage of not being fenced, so if you can manage to swing by there soon you may still find these large sandwort colonies flowering and have easy access to them. The place was also home to large stands of corn salad flowers. In fact I didn’t find out till I walked into the back of the field that the broad white colonies were actually two species. They tended to be separate but in some areas they intermingled.

      As for the pledge, a part of our current predicament is that many ideologues, because they’re ideologues, don’t want to debate their values. Instead they do their best to suppress contrary opinions, hence the name “cancel culture.” People in that culture are similar to those who engaged in the religious wars that plagued Europe for so long. A few years ago I began to think that wokeness is actually a religion, albeit a secular religion, and now I’m hearing more and more people say that. For example:



      Steve Schwartzman

      April 6, 2021 at 6:58 AM

  7. About the only time I’ve seen something like that was a lawn full of white clover. This is much nicer.

    Of course this pledge is sensible and would solve a lot but most people with a zealous streak would never go along. Actions speak louder than pledges.

    Steve Gingold

    April 12, 2021 at 1:55 PM

    • I grew up with white (or pink or violet) clover in our suburban lawn, too. Only decades later did I learn it came from Europe. Given my current bias, I’m happy to offer these sandworts as a substitute.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 12, 2021 at 8:26 PM

      • There are native clovers, as I am sure you are aware. I photographed one yesterday and will post it soon.

        Steve Gingold

        April 13, 2021 at 2:30 AM

        • Sure. The most common native species here that has clover in its common name is probably purple prairie clover. I was about to link to a picture of it to show you but I was surprised to discover I’ve somehow never featured it in a post. I’ll have to rectify that later this year.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 13, 2021 at 5:42 AM

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