Texas Wildflowers | Buttercups

Buttercup wildflower

The season of Texas Wildflowers | Buttercups.

Buttercup wildflower

Texas highways and roadsides have now been adorned with different kinds of blooming gorgeous wildflowers. It is because of TxDOT’s Wildflower Program, sowing more than 5,000 species of wildflowers, from bluebonnets to Indian paintbrush, on the roadsides. It not only helps Texas highways look good but also reduces the cost of maintenance and labor by encouraging the growth of native species that need less mowing and care. Double win.

Off the highways, wildflowers grow on their own. In our area, the prevalent ones are the Buttercups, or the Pink Evening Primroses (Oenothera speciosa), which bloom from February to July. However, we didn’t see this wildflower grows in our backyard until after a couple years since moving to the new house development.

Buttercup wildflower

Pink Evening Primroses grow in certain region that encompasses Missouri down to Northeast Mexico. ‘Northern species’ open their flowers in the evening, and close them in the morning, while ‘southern species’ open their flowers in the morning and close them in the evening. A small colony of these wildflowers was growing right here in my own backyard. They are low-maintenance pink blooms and edible leaves, able to withstand little water and poor soil.

Buttercup wildflower

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