I made a trip to Pleasure Island on Wednesday and was amazed at the amount of Camphor Daisy that were blooming. I went to the south levee and drove along to top of the high embankment. The Daisies covered both sides of the road for the entire lenght.
Many of the plants blooming now, like all of the following plants are in the Asteraceae (Aster) Family.
Blue Mistflower - Conoclinium coelestinum
Blue Mistflower is a perennial that attracts bees and butterflies.
Climbing Hempvine - Mikania scandens
Climbing Hempvine is a perennial vine that like moist soil. The vines are very attractive to bees, butterflies and many other
Late-flowering Boneset -Eupatorium serotinum
Late-flowering Boneset is a perennial, grows from about 3' to 6' and attracts butterflies and native bees.
Goldenrod - Solidago sp.
There are about 25 species of Goldenrod that are native to Texas. Thomas Edison once experimented with Goldenrod as a source for rubber.
Swamp Sunflower - Helianthus angustifolius
Swamp Sunflower is a perennial that grow to about 6' tall. Like all the plants mentioned in this article, Swamp Sunflower attracts butterflies.
Straggler Daisy - Calyptocarpus vialis
This small often overlooked little flower is often considered a weed in lawn, but makes a nice shade tolerant ground cover. Straggler Daisy is a perennial but will go dormant in cold winters.