The right hue

If there’s one thing about wildflowers that gets my heart jumpin’, it’s that there are so many that come in my favorite color: purple.  Makes me all swoony and lightheaded…

Plumed thistle (a.k.a. spear thistle, bull thistle or roadside thistle; Cirsium vulgare) (20080601_06013)

Plumed thistle (a.k.a. spear thistle, bull thistle or roadside thistle; Cirsium vulgare)

Prairie verbena (Verbena bipinnatifida) (20080601_06059)

Prairie verbena (Verbena bipinnatifida)

Showy evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) (20080518_05364)

Showy evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa)

Mexican petunia (a.k.a. Texas petunia or common ruellia; Ruellia brittoniana) (2009_09_04_028688)

Mexican petunia (a.k.a. Texas petunia or common ruellia; Ruellia brittoniana)

Littleleaf sensitive brier (a.k.a catclaw brier, sensitive vine littleleaf mimosa, native mimosa; Mimosa microphylla) (20080518_05542)

Littleleaf sensitive brier (a.k.a catclaw brier, sensitive vine littleleaf mimosa, native mimosa; Mimosa microphylla)

Musk thistle (a.k.a. nodding thistle; Carduus nutans) (20080601_05941)

Musk thistle (a.k.a. nodding thistle; Carduus nutans)

7 thoughts on “The right hue”

  1. Lovely photos.

    You should keep an eye out for small jewel beetles in Ruellia – usually black with yellow spots, most are in the 5-10mm range for length. If you ever see any I’d love to get a few examples.

      1. Yes! I want to find this plant and plant it in my landscape beds. Can’t think of anything I would rather have running throughout. I was going to try North Haven Gardens…but do let me know if you have a suggestion.

        My sister and her husband have this growing in their yard in a newly developed area in Round Rock, TX. They pull it out as a weed…I may have to go salvage some!

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