Saturday, April 25, 2009

My favorite Native Plant for the contest~

Here's my entry for Gardening Gone Wild's native plant photo contest.

This is my very favorite -- it's Winecup, or Malvaceae, in the Mallow family. The vibrant blooms are stunning against the spring backdrop of green foliage and they just seem to pop right out of the landscape when you see them. And, as a bonus, it's a spreading, drought-tolerant perennial, which makes it perfect for me here in Central Texas.
I actually have two different varieties in my rock path. As you can see from these two close-up photos, the leaves on these two are dramatically different.
I never tire of these, but some years I do lose them to a bunny salad!

14 comments:

getgrounded said...

Love those winecups! The flowers will fade soon, won't they? How long does the foliage last? Beautiful photo, Diana.

Diana said...

Actually, the flowers last a pretty long time. These have been blooming for at least a month if not more. I'd have to go backtrack to see when they started. The foliage stays for a while after the flowers go. This is the biggest one I've ever had - the bunnies normally eat them before they get going very far!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is a beauty for sure. Good photos.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I love wine cups too, even better than blue bonnets.

Robin's Nesting Place said...

The winecups are so pretty! Love that rich color!

Gail said...

Diana, A beautiful contestant for the contest! Love it! In fact I was so enamored of this plant after seeing it in Austin gardens... I had to get one! Good luck! gail

Pam/Digging said...

That's a beautiful photo, Diana. I love winecup too, so much that I transplanted one from my old garden to the new.

EAL said...

How interesting that the foliage differs so in these. Good luck! They are great-looking.

Janet said...

I love the color of the winecup...the two different types of leaves are interesting. Think I like the feathery leafed one.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Even though I see Winecups around here, they always remind me of Texas. I love your 1st photo, with the complementary colors and simplicity. Great choice.

forest said...

I wish I could grow winecups: the rabbits eat every shoot to the ground, and continue to do so all season with any leaf that pops up.

Randy Emmitt said...

Lovely photo of a flower I'd never heard of. Guess since I live in NC that is why. Maybe you'll win the next contest.

Diana said...

Lisa -- thanks -- that color is so bright - it photographs really well.

Debbi -- I agree with you -- even though fields or bluebonnets do make a statement too.

Robin -- And my daughter wears that color all the time, too!

Gail -- so how is your winecup doing? I would imagine it would grow well in your garden and be happy among all your natives.

Diana said...

Pam -- that's wine cup dedication for sure -- I'm sure it will like it just as much in your new garden.

EAL -- And now I've found out that the flowers come in different colors, too. Amazing what we learn when the bloggers get together to tour and talk!

Janet -- one is low and spreading like a ground cover and the other is mounding. The larger-leafed one is huge!

MMD -- thanks. I took that one on my belly. Amazing what a little extra effort will yield when I'm taking pictures!

Forest -- this is my first really good wine cup year as the rabbits have always gotten mine in the past as well. They are safer in my back yard - though not fool-proof since bunnies still CAN get through the wrought iron fence if they are determined.

Randy -- I'm not sure if they grow in NC, but you could always try them as annuals and see how they do.