Posts Tagged With: purple flower

Plant of the Week- Showy Pea Vine

And the colorful wildflowers keep coming!

The early flowering "Showy Peavine" has serrated leaves and purple flowers.

The early flowering “Showy Peavine” has serrated leaves and purple flowers.

This is one of the first purple flowers you see in the spring. The flowers remind me of a snapdragon’s shape.

We found an entire spot full of showy peavine flowers.  Don't eat- the plants can be toxic if consumed in large amounts and cause your limbs to go limp.

We found an entire spot full of showy peavine flowers. Don’t eat- the plants can be toxic if consumed in large amounts and cause your limbs to go limp.

ReeRee and I found a large swath of showy pea vines, so we stopped to pick a few. The showy pea vines are low growing and are knee high to a toddler.

Cowboy Boots and Showy Peavines

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Plant of the Week- Penstemon

The penstemon makes a blasting blue contrast to the yellow gromwell. The penstemon and gromwell are one of the first wildflowers to bloom in the Sandhills.

The penstemons vary in size and color.  Some are short and blue-blue, some are tall and light purple.  They make a vivid contrast to the deep yellow gromwells.

The penstemons vary in size and color. Some are short and blue-blue, some are tall and light purple. They make a vivid contrast to the deep yellow gromwells.

You may even find cousins of wild penstemons in your seed/flower catalogs. Our wild penstemons range from a bright, brilliant blue to variety of purple shades. The colors remind me of storm clouds at night- a mixture of dark and moody and bright highlights.

Unfortunately, penstemons wilt instantly, so by the time we get back to the house, all we have is a limp mess.

But that doesn’t stop the flower pickers…

Picking wildflowers...

Picking wildflowers…

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