WildFlowers: What’s in Season in March

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

What’s in Season: March

Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii)

Annual (or Drummond) phlox is widely regarded as one of Texas’ most beautiful wildflowers. Its soft, hairy foliage is cute in its own right, but it’s mainly prized for showy flowers that bloom in an impressive array of colors, often with a contrasting “eye” or a fetching starburst pattern. Find it in reds from deep maroon to bold cherry, pinks from baby to fuchsia, oranges from coral to pale peach, and purples from violet to lavender; a true fashionista, you’ll also catch it in classic white — and before Memorial Day (gasp!). But looks aren’t everything, and unfussy Phlox drummondii has more to offer than a pretty floral face: It can be grown in a variety of well-drained soils, uses little water, and supports butterflies and moths. Add one to your pocket prairie today! Don’t have one? Read this tutorial and get inspired.

Golden Groundsel (Packera obovata)

Golden Groundsel (Packera obovata)

This is just a theory, but we’re thinking the Green Bay Packers might have gotten inspiration for their color scheme (and name) from green, gold and lovely Packera obovata Fact check: The team was actually named after a packing company sponsor, and “Packera” refers to Canadian botanist John G. Packer. Nonetheless, you’ll find plenty of gardening motivation in the cute, asterisk-like flowers of golden groundsel, not to mention its handsome basal foliage — large, spoon-shaped leaves with toothed edges — and tall, slender stems. Golden groundsel thrives in shady, moist environments such as meadows and wooded banks, but it will tolerate drier situations as well. And this pollinator-supporting perennial certainly has team spirit: Plant it en masse to add a golden glow to woodland gardens in springtime.


Also Blooming Now …

Find these plants and more at the Wildflower Center this month.
Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Texas mountain laurel (Sophora secundiflora)
Texas Mountain Laurel
Golden-eye Phlox (Phlox roemeriana)
Golden-eye Phlox
Mexican Plum (Prunus mexicana)
Mexican Plum
Explore more what’s in season with our weekly updates  »


Artist Demo

The Wildflower Center Gift Store is showcasing the joyous, expressive artwork of Megan Lee and Meg LeCompte through March 25, with a special in-store appearance on Saturday, March 9.

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