Coral honeysuckle (lonicera sempervirens caprifoliacease) was found growing on a large ashe juniper tree along an ADA trail in one of our natural areas. It’s only the beginning of spring and already plants are busting out in our greenspaces. Due to dry weather, we probably won’t enjoy the abundance of wildflowers that we did last year, but our hardy Central Texas natives are strong and resilient. Coral honeysuckle is a native of the Hill Country and grows in sunny locations. It is non-invasive and drought tolerant (Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of the Texas Hill Country by Jan Wrede.
So, where on the trail was the photo above taken? Lower Purgatory Creek Natural Area, just before the learning tree and star gazing circle when entering from Prospect St.