The Plains of San Agustin

In west-central New Mexico, west of the San Mateo Mountains, along and down the eastern and northern slopes of the Great Divide, lies a high-elevation grassland borne out of the long ago extinction of a lake that met its desiccated end during the final centuries of the Pleistocene. The chief grass here, Blue Grama (Bouteloua […]

National Native Seed Conference 2017

The 2017 National Native Seed Conference location and dates have been announced. Next year’s conference will be held in Washington, D.C., February 13-16. This biennial conference covers all aspects of research regarding that use of native plant materials (seed), especially restoration use and updates from the commercial seed trade. Please see the website here for […]

Then and Now: Grassland Changes

Change rules the world, sets the course, and turns the page. It is the universal constant, at the atomic level to the continental level, and all aspects in between. One of the most widely studied changes in the natural resource world are those of plant communities. The causes of such changes are multivariate and share […]

OK Select Germplasm Little Bluestem

OK Select Germplasm little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium). A multi-population, selected native germplasm (non-cultivar) release from Knox City Plant Materials Center (Knox City, TX). This germplasm is appropriate for use in rangeland re-seeding, prairie restoration, backyard “pocket prairies”, and roadside re-vegetation work. The original seed collection was made from native populations in Caddo, Grady, Stephens, and […]

Why Seed Origin Matters: Any Seed Will Do?

Those of you who are purchasing or planning to purchase native plant seed for upcoming fall and dormant season plantings and spring season plantings, it is important to buy seed containing genetic origins from the ecoregion or adjacent ecoregion(s) in which you will be planting. The use of seed with unknown origins (i.e. non-cultivar seed, […]

Landscape Dysfunction in Drylands

Landscape ecology is the study of the relationships between landscape systems and their many ecological functions and processes. Landscapes can be functional or dysfunctional with respect to native* and exotic (invasive) vegetation components, the creation and expansion of novel ecosystems, and the multitude of human activities and their effects upon the landscapes. Some of the […]

Plant of the Month – Allium Coryi

Note: As time allows, I will do a “Plant of the Month” feature on this blog.  Expect most plants to be photographed and described as seen in Texas.  Other possible locations will be New Mexico and Oklahoma.  Even then, other locales aren’t ruled out in the event of travel. Yellow-flowered Onion (Allium Coryi), a wild […]