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Jun 6, 2010 1:33 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Many natives and wildflowers are very attractive and can be added to your garden. They will also attract many beneficial insects ~ bringing harmony and balance ~ and pollinators to keep your flowers and edible garden producing!

If you have some natives and/or wildflowers that you like in your garden, please add them here!! I look forward to seeing them!

There is no special order that I am using to list them. Just like my garden, the wildflowers don't show up in alphabetical order!

Some of them, like this Black-Eyed-Susan, will survive without much care at all, in fact they will thrive in a sunny position without watering, making them perfect for your xeriscape landscape garden.
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Jun 6, 2010 1:45 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
This Naked Mexican Hat, Ratibida peduncularis will also thrive in a sunny position without any care.

And another bonus is the butterflies will come to visit.

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Jun 6, 2010 2:09 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Rose Gentian, Sabatia angularis is another full sun choice that seems quite drought tolerant. The flowers are a striking vivid pink with cute curly center. I'm not sure this picture shows the truly deep pink colour!

Being a wildflower, it shows up where it wishes!! Rose Gentian starts blooming around the first part of June when the weather warms up. I tried transplanting some last year but it didn't come back where I had placed it, & showed up in another part of the garden. So it may be worth a try to start from seed directly where you want it to grow, unless you're like me, a hap-hazard gardener!! My garden never stays the same!!

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Jun 6, 2010 2:47 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
For some late spring and early summer aroma, this wonderful smelling American Elderberry, Sambucus canadensis is nice to have nearby.

This shrub, or small tree will grow between 10 & 15 feet tall. It begins to bloom creamy-white tiny flowers held on large, flat heads in May and you can smell it wafting in the distance. The berries come later in the summer and make delicious jellies and pies; wine too, which I haven't tried yet! It's also known for its medicinal use as a treatment for bronchial infections, coughs and colds, as well as other beneficial uses.

It likes sun to partial shade.

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Jun 6, 2010 2:54 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
A close up of the Elderberry flowers.

* The elderflowers are also made into wines or champagne *

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Jun 7, 2010 9:44 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Hoary mountain mint, Pycnanthemum incanum is native herb found in most states east of the Mississippi River. A perennial that grows 3 to 6 ft tall, it attracts many bees and butterflies.
Fresh or dried leaves flavor teas, soups, stews and desserts. The edible leaves are strongly aromatic, with a hot spicy, mint like flavor. I've used it as an insect repellant, and a bath infused with the leaves will take the itch away from chigger attacks.

This wild herb is also still used today for indigestion, mouth sores, gum disease, colds, chills and fevers.

It will make a great addition to butterfly gardens, herb gardens, medicinal gardens or cottage gardens!

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Jun 7, 2010 10:04 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea is another lovely wildflower that looks great in the garden.

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Jun 7, 2010 10:10 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Golden tickseed, Coreopsis tinctoria makes a lovely accent plant in a flowerbed with it's bright yellow, red, and orange flowers that stand out in high summer.

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Jun 11, 2010 7:22 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
This dogwood rose has an awesome scent. Once again, like many of the native flowers, it does not require any care and is drought tolerant.

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Jun 20, 2010 1:12 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
The Dogwood is a lovely early spring blooming deciduous understory tree. It grows well in shade and sunny locations.

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