When I was in 5th grade, I received my first set of Crayola colored pencils, a set of 8 colors. There, in that plastic case, were the colors of the rainbow and I could not stop looking at these incredible colors. They were also my tools for creating beautiful pictures. To this day, I want to capture the rainbow colors everytime I see them, only now, I try to do this with the camera.
Subconsciously, this love of color, is the reason why I started taking photos of flowers on this Texas trip. I saw the oranges first but the color that captured my eyes everytime, were the blues. When I was doing my identification research for these photos, I noticed that Texas thinks it owns this blue color. 5 of these flowers are named Texas something. I looked in my Michigan wildflower book, and there are only 2 pages with blue flowers. So I guess Texas does have something to brag about and the blue color of the spiderwort is incredible.
Yellow Flax - Linum rigidum (Flax Family - Linaceae)
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Texas Spiderwort - Tradescantia humilis (Spiderwort Family - Commelinaceae)
What a beautiful color!
Texas Vervain - Verbena halei (Verbena Family -
Guayacan or Soapbush or Texas lignumvitae - Guajacum angustifolium (Creosote-Bush Family - Zygophyllaceae)
Texas Baby Blue Eyes - Nemophila phacelioides (Waterleaf Family - Hydrophyllaceae)
Purple Dalea - Dalea lasiathera (Pea Family - Fabaceae)
Blue curls - Phacelia congesta (Waterleaf Family - Hydrophyllaceae)
Berlandier Lobelia - Lobelia berlandieri (Bellflower Family - Campanulaceae)
Texas Bluebonnet - Lupinus texensis (Pea Family - Fabaceae)
Scarlet Pimpernel - Anagallis avernsis (Primrose Family - Primulaceae)
Blue-flowered form of Scarlet flower.
Also known as Poor Man's Weather Glass because the flowers close
when rain is approaching.
Stay tuned for the final color, yellow, in this wildflower series.
(PS I still own a set of Crayola colored pencils today.)
The references I used for this research are:
Texas Wildflowers by Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller
Michigan Wildflowers in Color by Harry C. Lund
Peterson Field Guides: Southwestern and Texas Wildflowers
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Native Plants of South Texas