|Great Purple Hairstreak on Elbowbush (Forestiera pubescens), one |
of the earliest plants to bloom, often beginning in February.
|A blooming Missouri Violet (Viola missouriensis) is a sure sign |
that spring has arrived!
|Two-Flower Anemone (Anemone edwardsiana) blooms from February |
to April, and prefers the tall grassy banks of moist, shaded canyons.
|The yellow blooms of Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata) appear in |
February and March, and eventually form edible red
berries relished by humans and wildlife alike.
|In late February and early March, one can often hear flocks |
of Sandhill Cranes honking overhead as they make
their way north with the warming weather.
|A Juniper Hairstreak sips nectar from the blooms of |
an Elbowbush, which is also a favorite plant of native bees.
|Texas Redbud (Cercis canadensis L. var. texensis) has clusters |
of flowers that appear in early spring before the leaves emerge.
|One of the earliest butterflies to appear in spring, Henry's Elfin|
utilizes the Texas Redbud as one of its host plants.
|Nothing heralds the smell of spring like the heady scent of a |
blooming Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana)! This small tree is a
must for any pollinator garden.
|The Falcate Orangetip is a true springtime butterfly, on the wing |
as early as March.