Spring Wildflowers-a Milan Bouquet of Beauty
Springtime in Texas usually means tons of bluebonnets, the state’s official flower, lining highways across the Lone Star miles. The bluebonnets in our area have come and gone, but there is still plenty of spring flora to admire on Milam County rural roads and highways.
Fields of Indian Paintbrushes can be found throughout Milam County. This version of the red flower (Castilleja integra) is located only in the central and south Texas area and is very difficult to cultivate due to the fact it is actually a hemiparasite on grasses.
The beauty and smell of roses should be enough, but the flower has also been used for medicinal purposes. Rosa chinensis has long been used in Chinese traditional medicine to stomach problems. Some are being investigated for controlling cancer growth.
Larkspur sacs inside it s flowers are fill ed with nectar wh ich attracts bees and hummingbirds. This bloom is purple, bu t the most common la rkspur bloom color is blue.
At right, sometimes called buttercups, the primrose flower opens in the early morning hours and last only a single day. They can be grown from seed, but can take up to two years to produce a bloom.
Texas’ version of a mini-sunflower, these coreopsis line several roads in the area. The plants may be from one and a half feet to four feet high.
Oleander is pretty to look at, but toxic to ingest. Even contact with skin may cause a reaction and you should avoid smoke when burning cuttings. It is also suggested not to use oleander in playgrounds or other areas frequented by young children and pets.