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Turk’s Cap

An easily grown, old-time favorite, Creekside Nursery offers Turk’s Cap in shades of red and pink. This native Texas plant can handle sun, but does really well in partial to full shade. The unique flowers that never completely open are usually produced in showy profusion during hot weather from mid-to late summer through early fall. The protrusion of the stamen above the spiraling petals brings to mind the shape of a Turkish turban. Tolerant of both heat and humidity they are a great shrub-like plant for a background border since they can grow upwards of 5 feet with a similar width. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds for the nectar, they also attract birds and small wildlife for the apple-flavored red fruits produced after the bloom season.

Pavonia Rock Rose

This member of the mallow family does well in most conditions. Rock Rose will bloom April to November with a pretty pink bloom. Native from the Edwards Plateau to the Rio Grande plains, it has a very low water needs and is highly drought tolerant. This plant can reach to 4 feet tall. Does best in full sun but, can handle part shade. This plant is not completely deer resistant but it is not their first food choice. Attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Vanzie Agave

The Vanzie Agave is a very attractive and interesting agave with deeply channeled leaves and small margin teeth. It is more adaptable to damp, cool climates than many other blue agaves. Soft blue-gray leaves are abundant, developing large clumps with age and has a faster growing habit than most agaves. Makes a striking statement when mass planted and is considered evergreen in most climates.

Katie Ruellia

This variety of Ruellia is a drought tolerant, durable perennial that handles heat and humidity and continues to bloom all summer-long, without deadheading. Bluish purple, petunia-like funnel-shaped flowers nestle in a background of narrow, green leaves. The shape and color of the flowers give it its other common name of Mexican Petunia. Easy to grow and maintain, they are shade tolerant but flower best when grown in sunny areas. If they get too tall or leggy for your preference, just cut them back to a few inches above the ground and they will quickly regrow and soon return to flowering. Katie Ruellia is considered disease, insect and deer resistant and is also usually evergreen in frost-free areas.

Cassia Corymbosa - Yellow Senna

This is a tall, upright, fast-growing shrub with feathery leaves and a bright colorful display of large clusters of 1” golden-yellow flowers that can bloom from late summer to winter. It is normally evergreen in the Houston and surrounding areas, but is susceptible to extremely cold weather. Will sprout back if pruned after a damaging cold event. Cassia Corymbosa can grow 6’-10’ tall and can easily be pruned and trained into a small canopied tree-like shape. Both heat and drought tolerant, it is also considered as deer resistant. They are trouble-free growers which can endure a certain amount of neglect. Enjoys full sun and is a major butterfly and hummingbird nectar plant. Blooms are followed by beanlike 4- to 5-inch-long seed pods.