for eastern Wise County, Texas
A Work in Progress
October 17, 2012 with later edits:
Decided now was the time to put my wildflower photos to use.
I also needed to make the native wildflowers I've located in my neck of the "woods" more easily accessible as a future resource for myself and that others may use as well. I do reserve the rights to these photos so have marked them with my brand. There will be changes over time as past floral photos get organized. Each species will also be on a Family page, sometimes by color, and show the different phases of each plant as they are gathered.
The flora will be shown with common names, scientific names, and by color with my own notes accompanying many of the slim descriptions, which you may or may not find on other websites of Texas Flora. Note that there is a link page so you may find other, more comprehensive resources for identifying Texas wildflowers. There may also be some flowers listed that are not native to either Texas or the USA; they will be noted. I will try to show photos of the plant, flower & seeds thru various stages of their lives so that might make it easier for you to ID. Species names may be updated in the future to the newer established species names.
Be aware that these are not official descriptions or photos of these flowers & plants as that resides with the scientific community. Some flowers may only be identified with their Genus as there may be several species of the same genus that have similar descriptions and I haven't studied them enough to figure out the differences. Also, these have not been keyed out but id'd thru photos in books and on websites catering to plant identification. There may be mistaken IDs (correcting as I find more evidence of correct name) but do not let common names fool you as common names change between regions within a state and between states and between people. If you wonder, you may contact
There are hundreds of native Texas wildflowers and most will not be represented here since they may not be found in my general area of North Texas. My pages will cover flowers I find in my local area, a part of east Wise County, TX, east of the National Caddo Grasslands Reserve. I do reserve the right to add in other flowers in Texas as I find them though and will mark them with location then.
About my background. Have always had an interest in nature because of my mother's guidance, being a Girl Scout, taking high school botany and ecology and then onto college. Took plant ID courses at the college level in California (San Jose State) and later at Everett Junior College in Everett, WA., along with Botany studies at the college level.
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