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Lori Schmidtke
Lori Schmidtke
Weatherford, TX US
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This plant is growing in my fields about 4-8 inches high. It blooms a single flower and grows a little taller to bloom another, and so on. There appear to only be 3 true petals. One large petal wraps around the top 180 degrees of the flower and two smaller ones (each take up a bottom 90 degree corner). The stem is somewhat hairy and prickly. The leaf veins are branched and leaves are deeply serrated. The flower is about 3/8 inch wide and solid yellow, though as they die and dry they gain a little reddish to them.

3/8 inch x 3/8 inch 3-6 inches x 4-8 inches
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Bloom Color:   Bloom Dimensions: 3/8 inch x 3/8 inch   Plant Dimensions: 3-6 inches x 4-8 inches

This plant is growing in my fields about 4-8 inches high. It blooms a single flower and grows a little taller to bloom another, and so on. There appear to only be 3 true petals. One large petal wraps around the top 180 degrees of the flower and two smaller ones (each take up a bottom 90 degree corner). The stem is somewhat hairy and prickly. The leaf veins are branched and leaves are deeply serrated. The flower is about 3/8 inch wide and solid yellow, though as they die and dry they gain a little reddish to them.

Unidentified Plant Identified As Notes
Plant Detail Spotted Knapweed

It's a little hard to tell, but if it has a bulb-shaped part directly under the flower, I will go with Pink Knapweed.

Plant Detail Grape Hyacinth

It is a little hard to tell with this picture, but your description of the blooms being like little balls makes me think this is the Grape Hyacinth. You can search and view other pics of them online to compare to yours to make a good confirmation.

Plant Detail Annual Phlox

What a fantastic find. The soil they prefer is deep sandy soils and the book says it does not do well with cultivation since it really prefers the deep sandy soil. The identification I used for this is page 280-281 of my older version of "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi ISBN: 0-940672-15-4

Plant Detail Henbit Deadnettle

This is from the mint family and is a fun spring flower, as it is fully edible according to my souces...my children love to make salads out of it!

Plant Detail

It's a little hard to tell, but if it has a bulb-shaped part directly under the flower, I will go with Pink Knapweed.

Plant Detail

It is a little hard to tell with this picture, but your description of the blooms being like little balls makes me think this is the Grape Hyacinth. You can search and view other pics of them online to compare to yours to make a good confirmation.

Plant Detail

What a fantastic find. The soil they prefer is deep sandy soils and the book says it does not do well with cultivation since it really prefers the deep sandy soil. The identification I used for this is page 280-281 of my older version of "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi ISBN: 0-940672-15-4

Plant Detail

This is from the mint family and is a fun spring flower, as it is fully edible according to my souces...my children love to make salads out of it!

Unidentified Plant Identified As Agreed Identification Notes
8 Grape Hyacinth Yes

8 Slimflower Scurfpea No

Not sure, need to see plant and it seems a bit early

22 Purple Prairie Verbena Yes

My neighbor has a good size field of these in his backyard. I'm jealous.

5 Woolly Paperflower Yes

I'll take a stab. The bloom looks right, but I can't be sure without seeing the leaves. It likes dry rocky soil, so that seems right. The scientific name is Psilostrophe tagetina. You might take a look at the photos wildflower.org has for it and see if that matches your recollection of the plant.

5 Fendler's Bladderpod No

Page 205 in the Wildflowers of Texas book by Geyata Ajilvsgi.