Heirloom Plants
for Texas Gardens

By Dr. William C. Welch
Professor and Landscape Horticulturist
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

ollowing is a partial list of heirloom plants suitable for Texas. Some are natives, while others have been introduced and have proven their worth and adaptability over several or more generations. Most can be easily rooted from cuttings or grown from seed, since these methods of propagation were essential to handing these plants down among friends and family.

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Blackberry Lily - Belamcanda chinensis
Common Boxwood - Buxus sempervirens
Chinese Trumpet Creeper - Campsis grandiflora
Southern Catalpa - Catalpa bignonioides
Cockscomb - Celosia cristata
Flowering Quince - Chaenomeles speciosa
Chinese Quince - Pseudocydonia sinensis
Desert Willow - Chilopsis linearis
Trifoliate Orange - Poncirus trifoliata
Milk and Wine Lilies - Crinum spp.
Deutzia - Deutzia scabra
Persimmon, native & Japanese - Diospyros texana & D. khaki
Fig - Ficus carica
Carolina Jessamine - Gelsemium sempervirens
Byzantine Gladiolus - Gladiolus byzantinus
Bachelor's Buttons - Gomphrena globosa
Daylily - Hemerocallis spp.
Confederate Rose - Hibiscus mutabilis
Althea, Rose of Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus
Johnson's Amaryllis - Hippeastrum x johnsonii
Oxblood Lily - Rhodophiala bifida
Hydrangea - Hydrangea macrophylla
Bearded Iris - Iris x germanica
Crape Myrtle - Lagerstroemia indica
Winter Honeysuckle - Lonicera fragrantissima
Red Spider Lily - Lycoris radiata
Southern Magnolia - Magnolia grandiflora
Four-o-'clock - Mirabilis jalapa
Myrtle - Myrtus communis
Nandina - Nandina domestica
Narcissus - Narcissus spp.
Oleander - Nerium oleander
Prickly Pear - Opuntia spp.
Old-Fashioned Petunia - P. x hybrida
Mock Orange - Philadelphus spp.
Oriental Arborvitae -Platycladus orientalis
Tuberose - Polianthes tuberosa
Cherry Laurel - Prunus caroliniana
Flowering Almond - Prunus glandulosa
Pomegranate - Punica granatum
Old Garden Roses - Rosa spp.
Rosemary - Rosmarinus officinalis
Bouncing Bet - Saponaria officinalis
Bridal Wreath - Spiraea spp.
Violet - Viola odorata
Johnny-jump-up - Viola tricolor
Chaste Tree - Vitex agnus-castus
Grapes - Vitis spp.
Weigela - Weigela florida
Chinese Wisteria - Wisteria sinensis
Zinnia - Zinnia elegans
Chinese Date, Jujube - Zizyphus jujuba
Lilac - Syringa
Peony - Paeonia
Cemetery White Iris - Iris albicans
Snowflakes - Leucojum aestivum
Greek Laurel, Cooking Bay - Laurus nobilis

Portions of this material are from The Southern Heirloom Garden by William C. Welch and Greg Grant, Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas, TX. 1995.
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