Last spring I discovered a small stand of Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium) along the creek behind the house. Pretty and delicate with bright blue blooms in the spring, I was so pleased to find this native member of the iris family growing naturally just a foot or so over the property line.
Blue-eyed grass prefers a moist site which is not easily found in my yard. This patch of Blue-eyed grass grows in a flood plain which is not likely to be built on in the short term so I will leave it alone to enjoy where it is each spring.
It's a pretty, low growing prairie plant which grows throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma and is offered commercially according to the Native Plant Database. This bloom is the only one I've seen in the area and was found in a location zoned for commercial development so I will have no problem collecting a few seeds from it if I can locate more this summer.
Facebook friend and reader Bonnie J. Bauer VanBerg helped me identify this native Anemone berlandieri which ranges in color from purple to white. The flowers are on a 6" stem with the foliage close to the ground.
These cheery perennials pop up all around the yard in the spring so all I need to do to encourage more of them is let them go to seed.
The Pink Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa) was a childhood favorite and used to be a prolific spring bloomer all around my garden. Lately it has retreated to the creek area along the edge of our property but I hope it will return to my garden soon as it's a pretty sign of spring.
Those are just a few of the local wildflowers I'd like to have more of as I mark one year of Wildflower Wednesday posts. It's challenging and fun to seek out and identify these plants while sharing the process of establishing wildflowers in my yard. Be sure to check out the other Wildflower Wednesday posts this month at Clay and Limestone.