Gardening with Native Texas Plants~Texas Betony

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TEXAS BETONY (Stachys coccinea) is a wonderful plant for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard.  Although it grows wild in moist conditions in the mountain crevices of the Trans-Pecos, it also grows well in dry, or even drought, conditions once it is established.  Texas Betony makes a great border plant.  Reddish orange tubular shaped flowers bloom profusely in Spring but once the hot days of Summer are underway, it goes away until Fall when it blooms once again.

Texas Betony is known as a favorite nectar plant for hummingbirds and Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies. It also has pungently scented leaves that deer will not eat.  That one characteristic makes it a perfect plant for the San Antonio area, especially if you live in Garden Ridge, Hollywood Park, or other areas that deer frequent.   


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Ricki Eichler
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I need to get some of these as our deer number about 30 or so everyday in the afternoon and evening.

Apr 04, 2009 11:50 PM #1
Dale Baker
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Howdy there Shirley

I sure do hope that our friends Carl and Ceil, come by and read about this here fine flowering plant. If you remember last year the Deer's around them aet all there plants, just about.

I also really like the looks of the Texas Betony.

God Bless America

Apr 05, 2009 12:50 AM #2
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Homes

Hi Ricki, This plant is so pretty and deer resistant, too. What more could be ask in our area?

Hi Dale,  We've never had deer eat out plants but I would be very unhappy if they did.  Maybe Carl & Ceil will have better luck with plants like this.

Apr 05, 2009 09:57 AM #3
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

We just got some and hope the deer will pass them by. The deer are sure staying close to the house these last few days, I figure we will see some fawns before long. They usually act this way every year and they park their fawns close to the house, I guess they figure they will be safe.

Apr 06, 2009 06:26 AM #4
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Homes

Hi C&C, That must be a sweet sight, watching the fawns.

Apr 06, 2009 02:25 PM #5
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