Garlic And Senna

Here are a couple of more plants from the landscape around our house. First is some Wild Garlic (Allium canadense). The blooms form neat spheres of small white flowers. The plant is about a foot tall. Each small flower is a six-pointed star on the end of an inch long stem. The overall effect is to look like a small fireworks starburst.

Wild Garlic is a native perennial and has a small edible bulb which tastes like onion. Why is it called garlic? I don’t know! It’s a nectar source and is very deer resistant.

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Wild Garlic

We also have a pretty senna bush or small tree. I think it’s Texas Flowery Senna (Senna corymbosa), which despite its name, is not a native. It’s actually a native of South America, but has naturalized very well here. It doesn’t require much water and puts out plenty of flowers. This specimen is about four feet high.

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Texas Flowery Senna

Here’s a close-up of the flowers. They’re bright yellow with antler-like filaments and anthers which are a dark brown. The green, yellow, and brown is a great color combination!

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Texas Flowery Senna Blooms

Each flower has five rounded petals and delicate darker yellow veining.


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