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Wildflowers in East Texas, 1997

In #ThrowbackThursday

Jessica Kuhn

By Jessica Kuhn
April 23, 2015 at 2:21 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2015 at 2:21 p.m.

Almost every year Texans are greeted in the spring with beautiful fields of colorful wildflowers.

With the wildflower season in full swing across East Texas, this week’s #ThrowbackThursday photo is of a little girl who appears to really be enjoying her time in a field of Indian Paintbrushes – one of the few types of wildflowers native to East Texas.

The photo is dated April 1, 1997, with description, “Carol and Emily Vine frolic through a field of Indian Paintbrush on the property of Carl and Louise Ferguson just south of Ore City. The Fergusons said the rancher who leases their pasture spread lime over the field several years ago, and that the lime may have contained the paintbrush seeds.”

Curious what other wildflowers you might found driving around East Texas? Check out our list below:

Castilleja indivisa
Scrophulariaceae(Figwort Family)

This showy annual or biennial grows 6 to 16 inches tall. Its several unbranched stems form clumps topped by bright-red, paintbrush-like spikes.

Indian paintbrush has a reputation for being unpredictable, some years average other years spectacular.

Flowering Dogwood
Cornus florida

Sometimes considered the most spectacular of the native, flowering trees, flowering dogwood is a 20-to-40-foot, single- or multi-trunked tree with a spreading crown and long-lasting, showy, white and pink spring blooms.

Coral bean
Erythrina herbacea

Coral bean is a low, glossy-leaved, thorny shrub that grows to to 6-feet tall with herbaceous, annual stems arising from the woody lower stem and perennial root. Seeds can be poisonous to humans if eaten.

Echinacea purpurea

This is a popular perennial with smooth, 2-to-5-foot stems and long-lasting, lavender flowers. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and have domed, purplish-brown, spiny centers and drooping, lavender rays.

Wild onion
Allium canadense

Meadow garlic or wild garlic’s sparse cluster of grass-like leaves and its flowering stalk grow from a bulb.

This native perennial has a brown, fibrous skin on an edible bulb that tastes like onion.


Enjoying our #tbt pictures? Don’t forget to check back next Thursday for another visual walk down memory lane as we take a tour through our archives and join the #ThrowbackThursday social media trend.



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