I have a beautiful grove of live oaks in my front yard and for years had wide-leaf ivoy as ground cover beneath them. If it gets into St. Augustine it will definitely kill it as it gradually takes over. I can’t imagine walking on it…maybe it’s the lizard (or snake) thing. Again, when Yellow Pimpernel’s pretty yellow flowers are present, the plant is relatively easy to recognise (and differentiate from Chickweed). Thank you for the photos of the beautiful fields of horseherb. It has taken over my property due to irrigation. As I always say, once you see a beautiful field of horseherb, you realize this is no “weed” but a worthy garden choice. Growing where other plants dare not, horsetail plant is a member of the Equisetum family and is closely related to ferns. We don’t water here, so ours thrives best with a little more protection from the crazy Texas sun. I’m hoping that in the spring I’ll finally be able to get the rest of the Bermuda out. I let it invade an increasingly shady area under a rapidly growing oak. Does anyone know anywhere to buy this at any retailer in the North Texas area? Whether it can compete with the grasses you have, I can’t tell you, though — you might need to “weed the grasses to put in the (so-called) weeds”! We do mow it in spring or if we’re having a vigorous growing summer (not often in Austin) and otherwise we let it go and it keeps our topsoil from eroding. I still may do some of that but the horse herb sounds like a more economical approach. Live in Austin and Heatwave of 2011, I let the St Augustine grass dry and die out. Any suggestions, either about the armadillos or the transplanting? I’m looking for a ground cover my my yrd in FL. More on Edible Plants from Mr. Smarty Plants, Question: July 28, 2005 — We were asked if the seed pods of the wild sweet pea are edible. Rockets' James Harden explains appearance at nightclub, We finally figured out what the parents in 'Home Alone' did for a living, Downtown HTX is one step closer to being linked to far west side, The country's first commercial space center is coming to Houston. They focus on edible woody plants and other edible perennials that don’t need to be replanted annually, and they include species that serve as living mulch and enrich the soil over the long term. I’d love to have that for a lawn of green with bonus flowers. Martin, glad to hear you enjoy horseherb, too. A Texas Master Naturalist, Habitat Steward, and Travis Audubon committee member, she enjoys teaching people of all ages about native flora, fauna, and healthy environments. -Jackie. Do you know if Horseherb is toxic to dogs? Creeping Green-and-Gold Arachis glabrata Common name: Ornamental peanut. What is this plant taking over my yard? In the back, it is soooo much better than Bermuda. Do you know if deer will leave it alone? We are in older neighborhood with no HOA, and I’m sure the entire neighborhood with the exception of one house has horseherb. FLOWER: panicle; June to July. I decided to let it take over the lawn and it is now growing all over the place – with almost NO watering. Why, horseherb represents the very nature of Goodness itself. I apologize for the delay in responding — I was on vacation with the kiddoes. Right now, it is common in thin lawns on shallow soils in sun or shade. So glad to find out what this is! Wow that field horseherb is stunning! I think the Bordered Patch butterflies prefer to lay eggs on sunflowers, with horseherb — at least in my garden, that’s how it is. It was until recently, very green and I like the cute yellow flowers. I have only horse herb in my backyard it has been here for many years and is nearly 2 feet thick in some areas it seeds are everywhere. Dimensions: Height: 0 ft. 4 in. Horseherb or Calyptocarpus vialis is a lovely, adaptable, durable groundcover that provides nectar for small pollinators. How far north–hardiness zone?–will horseherb survive? Edible Landscaping; Urban Gardening; Browse all articles; Plants Database . Some people who have traditional American lawns consider horseherb a weed, but it can make a gorgeous native groundcover for those who let it grow. IT IS NOT DEAD! It really is a “love it or leave it” relationship for many folks, Ros. So I’d start small while we’re in a drought, though you might be getting more rain up there now than we are. It looks like a morning glory white flower with crimson throat, but the … Augustine mix or other more-thirsty groundcovers. Required fields are marked *, *Comments -- now with more math! I’ve been seeing this pretty little groundcover every since we came to Belton 9 years ago, and I’m finally going to try transplanting some into my yard, after spending too much money and time planting and watering shade-tolerant St. Augustine which still won’t grow. Is horse-herb (calyptocarpus vialis) edible? I agree with you that it is very pretty. Thanks! Martha, I can’t confirm either way, but I think if it were a concern, it would show up on a toxicity database, since it is such a prevalent plant in many areas. Here are twelve native edible plants suitable for a small Texas garden. Black Medic – Medicago lupulina Bur Clover – Medicago polymorpha Horseherb Straggler Daisy, aka. . I do think it would try to spread. Many reasons to give it a chance. It forms a nice clump of small yellow flowers amid small, green leaves. Neutral: On May 30, 2002, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote: I like this little native Texan. But now I think I’ll embrace it! wildflower center. I’m pretty relaxed about it right now — I’m just happy to be almost rid of the St. Augustine. Mine is only an inch or two. Thanks for your comment, William! I did so at the beginning of this past summer, with record-breaking high temps and drought. Anybody know anything about that? How’s it looking now, Carol? Sulks in a cherished lawn, and flourishes here where it is disinvited. Hopefully your dog is just fine and hasn’t chewed up your house and yard completely! I was thinking about doing the decomposed granite with stepping stones and rocks. We were trying to remove it for a while. There are long lists of toxic plants and weeds to avoid, but for the most part, chickens will know what they can eat and what they can't. It’s an eco-friendly solution to having a lawn without having to resort to heavy chemicals or fertilizers or ridiculous amounts of water to sustain it. These can be used as medicine, but are not eaten. Have an opinion? native plant society of tx. and cvs., Zones 3–9) Vine layer. It is a perennial that will bloom all year long … So my question is what could this hearty little ground cover be?…Are there different varieties of this plant? My various grasses are dying from the drought, but this is thriving. Use these techniques to help prevent the spread of weeds and to learn about your soil. Maybe some horse herb in bermudagrass but….n e ways…so i think there is hope for my clents that suffer from bermuda grass in ther beds. We are in desperate need of a low maintenance ground cover in Hockley, TX and this sounds perfect. You may love it but your neighbors may not. i would love to grow it. All encompassing and beautiful, once embraced. Awesome sight. The few times it’s encroached on a flower bed, it was easy to yank out and keep away with mulch. I am enjoying searching your site. Good clear images will be very helpful in links or books. Horseherb is also native to the southern U.S. on into Central America, and it makes a great alternative to the exotic and water-hogging Bermuda and St. Augustine grasses. Didn’t know of this plant before. Our yard has been taken over by this naturally. … So I’m a fan. I have grown to love this plant. Just wondering how horseherb compares to wedelia. It is merely ‘playin’ possum’. I never planted horseherb, but between it and Bermuda Grass, I can’t help but choose it over the other, my nemesis. It’s all over my yard, and I’m wondering if people can eat it? There doesn’t seem to be much of a gray area on this one. As for the grass, your best bet is to dig it out or try some method of sheet mulching or solarization. And love it everywhere else! And it can spread into garden beds, though I’ve found that so far it doesn’t bother much with my well-mulched beds. Your picture poses the question perfectly, and for me the answer was obvious. At least horseherb is native. I’m excited to see it spreading nicely in the areas of my backyard that I wanted it to. never heard of this plant though. Young fertile shoots are considered a delicacy among many Coast Salish People. I’m not sure which I would prefer. grow green austin. EDIBLE GARDENS Natural Ways to Get Rid of Weeds in Your Garden. It may be frustrating, but its presence is a signal that you probably have too much shade to successfully grow turfgrass. I’m not sure what to tell you, Patty — I think it depends on the neighborhood you live in. Passionflowers (Passiflora spp. Many have showy blossoms, some are evergreen, a few are edible and yet others are fatally poisonous. Is there a good solution for this? Thanks so much for your thoughts. I’m in Austin, too. I'd like to have an attractive edible front garden that produces lots of organic food. Well, in some yards it can be a big nuisance. Lawn irrigation tops the list on where our municipal water goes, and the time for water conservation is now, especially in Texas. Wow, the field of the horseherb looks fabulous! I regret my kikuyu grass, long runners. I love it!! Does anyone sell it anywhere? Requiring nothing but your desire to have it in your life, to grow. Thanks.view the full question and answer. Will have to see if it’s hardy in the NW! They might be willing to share, especially since so many people consider it a weed. Hi, Kathy — I think horseherb will be happy to come back once the conditions are right. For those who keep a grass lawn, horseherb is a competitor, and it can be difficult to get rid of. Horsetail has two spring offerings: the tan-colored fertile shoots that appear early in the season are edible. So how about you? I am most happy! sandy. It makes a wonderful desk top or screen saver! We chose to let this lovely native take control of our yard so that we don’t have to worry about watering or mowing. Well tomake a long story short …this plant has invaded my yard and it looks absolutely beautiful! Love it, in your yard. I live on a small maybe 1/4 acre lot, so my neighbors are right next door. THAT is what that’s called!! Your email address will not be published. I also live in Austin, and I have this growing naturally in my yard, too. There’s a nursery in Belton, Texas, that sells horseherb seeds: Sweet Briar Nursery & Gardens. Hi, Leigh. I almost don’t want to walk on it — it’s so pretty in appearance — but for a non-lawn groundcover, it can withstand some foot traffic. I live in the Dallas area. Why do I love it? Horseherb is hard to manage, and like a stray cat, it selects you and your yard, rather than being selected by the gardener. Description: Spreading, easy-to-grow groundcover with yellow flowers. Nice pics! Anyway to keep that from happening? We have a fairly steep slope that is difficult (impossible) to mow or weed eat. Thank you for this nice breakdown – you’ve almost convinced me (in Austin as well) to replace my St. Augustine with horseherb. Thanks. But ask around — if it grows locally, you might be able to find someone willing to give you a few from their yard. I am going to attempt to transplant the horseherb into this bed. For a while, it was key to us controlling the St. Augustine in the front, but now we’re planning our pathways and I’ve got a wonderful Cedar sedge spread going, along with the perennial and annual beds. She can FLY and seems to do it a lot without being provocated in the slightest. Do you have any idea where I can get it online so I can try it out? Guru's secret identity. vegetable … You probably wouldn't get violently ill if you tried some (if it were deadly poisonous, I feel sure it would appear in at least one of those toxic databases), but you could possibly have some unpleasant reaction to it.  ×  Must admit to not having followed your blog regularly – but really like it and will be back. So thanks for your post, we’re going to be a pro Horseherb home! I think it will be the perfect fit for me. Width: 0 ft. 6 in. I moved to tx & don’t want any thing to now). It’s definitely under-appreciated, Deanna. Our soil is very dry and clay-like and we’d have to do so much work conditioning the soil to put in turf grass. By the way, it loves my flower bed…and I am not enjoying it. I believe horseherb is considered somewhat deer resistant — I can’t vouch for what they’d do during hard times, though. It spreads by both seeds and runners, which means that if the goal is to remove all of it, you’re going to have a challenge. Different microbes support different things. I’m of the former variety. It doesn’t look like it is native to CA, which means that it could become an out-of-control non-native weed in your area or eventually even across the state — I’m sure you wouldn’t want that kind of result! Renee, Renee, if you could send me a picture, I’d do my best to help you identify it. I've seen it at Dromgoole's Natural Gardener for $1.99 per 4 inch pot. Full Story. Later, the green stalks of horsetail appear as a separate plant. A perfect, poetic description of horseherb — thank you for sharing! Invasive plants are my favorite because it’s so hard for me to kill them! Straggler Daisy Description. Thanks for the tidbit of info — I hadn’t heard that before! Horseherb often does thrive, which is one reason some people actually don’t like it, can you believe it? That was a very interesting post. In the field, lilies can be identified as having six petals and flowers that are radially symmetrical (meaning they can be cut into identical halves from any point through the center). Why do some people want to leave it? They mow it here and the stuff pops right back within a day, complete with the little yellow flowers. I like it a lot and have it growing in various spots in my yard. If it would grow here I’d give it a chance in our more weed (wife)/wildflower (me) than grass lawn. Diane, I know they sell it at Natural Gardener, but it’s pretty easy to increase the numbers using what you have, too (from what I’ve read). However, the extract can cause some side effects, including itching, nausea, or gastrointestinal upset. Up there came a flower . Wow! An organic Pecan farmer near Georgetown (contact supplied privately on request), has done a lot of work with Elaine Ingham and has repeatedly told me that Horseherb is a desirable ground cover. However, horseherb (Calyptocarpus vialis) is native here in Texas, as is some Dichondra. I imagine St. Augustine grows well in Houston — here in Austin, it requires regular and costly watering in order to grow well, and that makes horseherb a reasonable alternative for many. It will definitely spread, though, but maybe you can eat all the baby sprouts, hehe. Soft on the feet of little children, yet hardy enough to withstand the misery of drought. I have it all over in my backyard. Question: July 28, 2005 — We were asked if the seed pods of the wild sweet pea are edible. I have two large oak trees that provide lots of shade and keep anything from growing and 2 active boys who run around providing plenty of foot traffic!! The horseherb died back a bit in the summer heat, but is quickly returning now. Edible fruit Fragrance Wildlife Food Source Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems): Heat, drought, and soil compaction tolerant. I haven’t seen it as seed, but you might get lucky with an Internet search. We mow it down because it’s mixed in with various wild grasses. I’d love to get some seed or plants for my property. Help…after reading all the previous postings…and viewing the pics, I wonder if what I have is horseherb…the stems have a purplish color to them and the leaves look a little more elongated…I do remember seeing the tiny yellow flowers. I don’t think I’ve watered it in over a year. This area is encircled with Austin limestone. Like this in between all. View All Apps; Vegetable Planting Calendar; ... HorseHerb by tx_flower_child: Oct 5, 2018 10:13 AM: 1: Plants for the chicken yard - ones they will leave alone by Bonehead: Oct 2, 2020 12:46 PM: 12: Adding … show more. So the only way to get it to spread is to dig/pull all the other weeds out by hand? Hated yet, enduring. Horseherb is also native to the southern U.S. on into Central America, and it makes a great alternative to the exotic and water-hogging Bermuda and St. Augustine grasses. My horseherb is hanging in there despite the drought, but it will look much better if we ever get any rain. When properly processed, horse chestnut seed extract contains little or no esculin and is considered generally safe. Is it edible, too? Common Chickweed is an edible wild green that I have written about in a previous article. Isn’t it nice that it tolerates mowing, Dee? Trump wields pardon power as political weapon, rewarding loyalists and... No, you're not on acid. Here are 25 wild animal stories that happened in Texas in 2020. In my experience, Horseherb/Straggler’s Daisy tends to like a little shade, but if you get enough rain in East Texas it will probably do okay. I love that the flowers support pollinators. But as a lawn alternative, I do like it, particularly if you have enough moisture to keep it consistently visible. I’ve never bought any — I’m just encouraging what I can to spread. the people said “a weed”. Just another way that it a plant with a love-or-hate history! I’d love to see it replace Asian jasmine, as well — now THAT is a plant that will take over a garden bed and yard. Thanks. Like; Save; linda_tx8. That’s not to say it’s perfect for every landscape, but it’s much preferred over Bermuda grass, in my opinion! Interesting. Plants Database; Search by name; Search by characteristics; Plant Combinations; See All New Database Photos; Tools & Apps . I paid to have a below ground concrete barrier installed. So far I have had no complaints from the HOA or the neighbors, but who knows. NOT planted but bobs up wherever gardeners have/had lawns, even just nearby! Some gardeners are going to shout out an absolute yes to that question. Your email address will not be published. I believe it does grow in Florida, Camila — according to the Wildflower Center’s database. The Spring Branch Trail has officially been completed. You probably wouldn't get violently ill if you tried some (if it were deadly poisonous, I feel sure it would appear in at least one of those toxic databases), but you could possibly have some unpleasant reaction to it. Edible: The City of Austin's Native and Adapted Landscape Plants says that is "somewhat deer resistant", which might indicate that it isn't very tasty—at least not to deer. Whole Plant Traits: Plant Type: … I was hoping it wasn’t a noxious weed. display: none !important; It wants to grow, believe me. Thanks! I’m a horseherb convert. So pretty. I cast to earth a seed. This plant is adorable and sounds perfect for my needs in the Bay Area (California) BUT I can’t find it for sale anywhere, at local nurseries or online. I love horseherb, but I’m a bit leery about recommending it to clients. Lovely – but can see why it could be a problem. ), even a little less harsh in the summer heat-wise. Do you think this will grow in full sun in East Texas? People either truly love this little groundcover or hate it with a passion. I love my buffalograss in the back, but it too is losing to the weeds, and in the drought, the buffalograss was dead most of the time, so I didn’t end up loving it as much as I wanted to – I loved it when I could see it. I love it! (California)view the full question and answer, Question: July 28, 2005 - Do you have classes or information on identifying wild edible plants that could be found in Texas?view the full question and answer, Question: September 24, 2005 - Hello, I would like some resources for identifying native edible plants in Central Oregon. I can imagine how pretty a field of this might be, especially with the butterflies. Renee. 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