Well, in October and November, coming out of a hot dry summer everybody's always looking for something pretty, especially a pretty Texas native that will grow literally out of stone.
You might want to consider the Gayfeather flower. This is a beautiful Texas native that blooms in spikes like this. Long narrow spikes, that is why they call it a feather, it looks like a feather. You can plant it from seed or if you can find some out of the way stands that you can dig the bulb up, they actually have little bulbs that form in the ground, and you can dig those up and move them to a sunny location. And the hotter, and the dryer, and the more barren they are, the better these plants will grow. So don't overlook gayfeather as a beautiful plant that you can use to beautify the fall condition.
This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.
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