I noticed a new volunteer perennial in my pollinator patch a few months ago. It stayed green and alive through our mild winter. I didn’t know what it was. A few weeks ago it started blooming and is thriving amongst the returning salvia, sage, purple coneflower, vinca, and scabiosa. I finally took a good look and did some research and was tickled purple to find out that they are winecups (Callirhoe involucrata)! I love winecups but find them very elusive in the sprawling fields of Central Texas wildflowers. I’m glad they volunteered here in my garden.
The one small plant has exploded with 3 or so long branches that are creeping out through the garden, low to the ground. The blooms roll up every night and reopen in the morning. :) The bees enjoy them, too.
On the drive home today we stopped to smell the flowers. The roadsides along Hwy 71 seem to be hoarding all the wildflowers this year. I just haven’t seen much of them in Austin. They’re so pretty!
This one was not grown in the wild, but was in a pot on the deck at the lake house we were visiting. It’s an african iris (aka fortnight lily), or dietes iridioides. According to google, the blooms last only a day, but they have a long blooming period, through the summer. Between bloom bursts, plants take a two-week, or fortnight’s, rest before blooming again.