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Native plants in Fort Worth

Fill your garden with these pretty pollinators that attract migrating butterflies.

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Turn your garden into a wildflower rainbow with native species.

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We are marching right into spring and it’s time to spruce up those yards. One of the best ways to keep your garden growing in our humid subtropical climate is to plant native species.

Did you know there are over 100 plant species native to North Central Texas? With a rainbow of wildflowers, there are blooms for everybody — and for every bug.

The Fort Worth Pollinator Ambassadors, a group of government and nonprofit organizations, is working to support migratory pollinator insectslike monarch butterflies — in an initiative led by the National Wildlife Federation.

Fort Worth sits on a major migratory route for monarchs and is a Champion City for the butterflies. The Pollinator Ambassadors published a list of recommended native plants that attract these essential species.

Here are three native plants that will fill your garden with beautiful butterflies.

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Texas Lantana will also keep deer out of your garden.

Texas Lantana (Lantana urticoides)

Part of the verbena family, this spreading shrub has flaky bark, prickly leaves, and clusters of small red, orange, and yellow flowers that bloom from April to October.

Water needs: Deep watering once a week
Sun needs: Blooms best in full sun

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The petals of Mealy Blue Sage are covered in tiny white hairs.

Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea)

A variety of mint, this tall flower could be confused with a bluebonnet — but the indigo blossoms are narrower, grow out of a leafy mound, and smell like sage.

Water needs: Drought tolerant
Sun needs: Full sun to partial shade

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The happy purple flowers are often used to make herbal tea.

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

The aster family flower has a spikey center and draws its name from the Greek word for hedgehog. It is known for lavender-colored petals that droop toward the ground.

Water needs: Drought tolerant
Sun needs: Full sun

When in doubt you can always sprinkle your garden with bluebonnet seeds. Learn more about the state flower.

Check out these local nurseries and plant stores or take a sunny drive outside Loop 820 to Weston Gardens and wholesale supplier Alta Vista Nursery, both of which specialize in native species.

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