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Texas Superstar Plants LogoThe Texas Superstar® Plants are Texas tough selections made by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension horticulturists for proven performance across the state of Texas! These plants have typically been trialed at various locations throughout the state to ensure that they will be superstars when it comes to flower power and reliability. The Texas Superstars® plants program is an extension of the Earth-Kind® Landscaping program visit their website to learn more.

 

Bicolor Mexican Sage Bush

Salvia leucantha 'Bicolor'  

White tubular blooms emerge from tall, velvety, purple calyxes on dense flower spikes from late summer to fall. This is considered to be the normal color form for the species. Soft velvety medium to gray-green foliage. Mexican Sage bush is a drought tolerant, sun and heat loving reliable clump forming perennial that is considered deer proof. Item# 10284.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
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Big Momma Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus x 'Big Momma'  

The large sleepy scarlet blooms of 'Big Momma' are held upright on woody stems from late spring to fall or even year round in mild winter climates. This hybrid Greg Grant selection produces a large, vigorous, and free flowering Turk's Cap that revels in the heat and the sun of Southern summers. A hummingbird and butterfly magnet! Item# 1081

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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The most floriferous Esperanza that we grow! Gold Star Esperanza produces an endless display of large clusters of large golden yellow, lightly fragrant trumpets from late spring to frost. This Greg Grant selection is the standard by which all other Esperanza's are judged. Hardy, heat and sun loving, and with a nicely branched habit Gold Star Esperanza is great for tropical settings in containers and in the garden. Attracts pollinators including butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Item # 9902

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W and larger in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Imperial Blue Plumbago, Cape Leadwort

Plumbago auriculata 'Imperial Blue', P. capensis  

Imperial Blue Plumbago produces large clusters of deep sky blue flowers from early summer until fall. Plumbago is a heat, sun, and drought tolerant tropical or tender perennial that makes a great addition to container gardens or it is often found growing as a groundcover, hedge, tree form, and espaliered on fences in mild winter climates. Item# 9739.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3'W (6-8' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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This easy Garden Phlox produces large domed clusters of dark-eyed, light pink, fragrant flowers on tall sturdy stems with mildew resistant foliage. The show starts in early summer and may continue nearly until the first frost with this reliable and fragrant Garden Phlox if deadheaded. Phlox is adored by butterflies and hummingbirds alike! John Fanick, named for the Texas nurseryman, is only one of a handful of Garden Phlox varieties recommended for southern gardens by noted Texas plantsman Greg Grant. Item# 10267

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Katie Blue Dwarf Ruellia, Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Katie Blue', R. brittoniana, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma  

Loads of bluish-purple trumpet-shaped flowers are tucked among and atop the narrow dark green foliage from spring to frost all on a low and compact plant. Flowers of the Mexican Petunia attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Katie Blue Dwarf Ruellia, a selection of R. tweediana or sometimes R. simplex, is a dwarf, root hardy, clump-forming, naturally evergreen tropical that is adorned in narrow deep green, sometimes tinged with purple or bronze tones, weeping foliage creating small individual mounds on their own similar to Liriope. Use this heat and sunloving, shade-tolerant perennial as a border, groundcover, as well as a filler in container gardens. In zones 8-9, Ruellia act like die-back perennials that freeze back and then return from their crown in spring once the weather and soil temperatures begin to properly warm. An insulative but breathable organic mulch will help to ensure their return in areas that experience freezing temperatures. Easy and reliable! Item# 10857

Grows To: 6-12"H x 8-12"W, space at 9-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Katie Pink Dwarf Ruellia, Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Katie Pink', R. brittoniana, R. tweedianaa, R. malacosperma  

Loads of pink, trumpet-shaped flowers are tucked among and atop the narrow dark green foliage from spring to frost all on a low and compact plant. Flowers of the Mexican Petunia attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Katie Pink Dwarf Ruellia, a selection of R. tweediana or sometimes R. simplex, is a dwarf, root hardy, clump-forming, naturally evergreen tropical that is adorned in narrow deep green, sometimes tinged with purple or bronze tones, weeping foliage creating small individual mounds on their own similar to Liriope. Use this heat and sunloving, shade-tolerant perennial as a border, groundcover, as well as a filler in container gardens. In zones 8-9, Ruellia act like die-back perennials that freeze back and then return from their crown in spring once the weather and soil temperatures begin to properly warm. An insulative but breathable organic mulch will help to ensure their return in areas that experience freezing temperatures. Easy and reliable! Item# 917

Grows To: 6-12"H x 8-12"W, space at 9-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Katie White Dwarf Ruellia, Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Katie's White', R. brittoniana, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma  

Loads of white trumpet-shaped flowers are tucked among and atop the narrow dark to medium green foliage from spring to frost all on a low and compact plant. Flowers of the Mexican Petunia attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Katie White Dwarf Ruellia, a selection of R. tweediana or sometimes R. simplex, is a small and compact, root hardy, clump-forming, naturally evergreen tropical that is adorned in narrow medium to deep green weeping foliage creating small individual mounds on their own similar to Liriope. Use this heat and sunloving, shade-tolerant perennial as a border, groundcover, as well as a filler in container gardens. In zones 8-9, Ruellia act like die-back perennials that freeze back and then return from their crown in spring once the weather and soil temperatures begin to properly warm. An insulative but breathable organic mulch will help to ensure their return in areas that experience freezing temperatures. Easy and reliable! Item# 9284

Grows To: 6-12"H x 8-12"W, space at 9-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Lord Baltimore Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Lord Baltimore'  

Intense pure red, massive, dinner plate sized flowers are produced beginning in early summer and continuing until fall on this vigorous and free flowering perennial Hibiscus. Lord Baltimore is one of the first widely cultivated Hardy Hibiscus developed by Robert Darby in the 1950's and it is still popular to this day! Perennial Hibiscus produce the largest flowers of any perennial in the garden and the rich red of Lord Baltimore may even stop traffic, if accidentally. It is a vigorous upright to spreading perennial that easily fits into the back of the perennial border or as a specimen in moist sites. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item# 11017

Grows To: 5-7'H x 5-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Large clusters of fiery orange-red tubular flowers are produced from summer through fall to yearround in warm tropical climates and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Clusters of shiny black 3/8" fruit develop on pollinated flowers and are utilized by songbirds. When grown in full to mostly sunny conditions the foliage generally has a reddish tinge. The Firebush, Hamelia patens var. patens, is native to the southern half of Florida and is evergreen under frost free conditions and can develop into a medium to large shrub. *We have grown this species in our zone 8B gardens for over 30 years as a quite reliable 3-4' high die-back perennial. Each winter it freezes back to its crown and then returns in mid to late spring to flower through much of summer and into fall. Provide a full to mostly sunny site, although they are fairly tolerant, for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 10668

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W as a shrub, 3-4'H x 4-5'W as a dieback perennial
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Midas Possumhaw Holly, Deciduous Holly

Ilex decidua 'Midas'  

This is the male pollinator for Finch's Gold and Warren's Red Possumhaw Hollies and so it only produces the dainty white and green flowers that attract bees and small pollinators but these plants do not set fruit. The female Possumhaw Holly, Ilex decidua, is also readily pollinated by the American Holly, Ilex opaca, and most any other native male holly that flowers at the same time as the female Possumhaws and one male can effectively pollinate several females. They do not necessarily have to planted next to one another but should be in the vicinity where the bees can transfer pollen. This is a large growing, multi-stemmed, native deciduous shrub or small tree that has few if any pests or diseases. They are quite tolerant of growing conditions from average moisture, to wet, to periodically flooded sites in full sun to partly shaded sites. Item# 12749

Grows To: 10-15'H x 10-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Midnight Mexican Bush Sage produces long, rich purple, tubular flowers that emerge from velvety purple calyxes creating long upright to gently arching spikes of flowers in late summer and fall (and spring where protected from freezing). Soft velvety finely textured foliage on a durable and deer proof, reliable, clump forming perennial. Great for hummingbirds and butterflies! Item# 2981.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Missy Puryear's Pink Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus x 'Missy Puryear'  

Loads of rich pink flowers are produced from late spring or early summer until frost on a slightly more compact Turkscap. Missy Puryear Turkscap was developed by noted plantsman and horticulturist Greg Grant, a result of his many years of Turkscap breeding. This is a hummingbird's delight! A vigorous and easy to grow, long-lived perennial for full sun to part shade and is drought resistant once established. Item# 11322

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W
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New Gold Lantana

Lantana 'New Gold'  

A butterfly and pollinator magnet and the standard in Trailing Lantanas! This low growing, groundcovering Lantana produces an endless display of deep golden yellow flowers from late spring to fall. The clusters of brilliant yellow flowers positively shine against the glossy dark green foliage. New Gold Lantana rarely fruits and its mostly sterile pollen make this long popular selection a gardener and landscapers dream with its impressive flower power and reliability! New Gold creates a low maintenance colorful groundcover or use it as a spring to fall filler, spiller, or specimen for medium to large containers. Item # 3032.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 3-4'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Pam Puryear's Pink Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus x 'Pam Puryear's Pink'  

1", sleepy, rose to coral-pink flowers are borne from late spring to fall on this vigorous perennial. Tough, easy, and great for hummingbirds and occasional butterflies. Pam Puryear's Pink Turkscap is a still relatively new introduction from the great Texas plantsman Greg Grant and was named after his friend and the 'Rose Rustler' founder Pam Puryear. This Turk's Cap has won the prestigious Lynn Lowery Award from the Native Plant Society of Texas! Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist, fertile, average to well-drained soil for optimum health and flowering. Item# 1082

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Peppermint Flare Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Peppermint Flare'  

The huge white flowers of Peppermint Flare are randomly speckled and lightly striped with purplish pink. This hardy perennial Hibiscus is sure to be a conversation piece! This nearly sterile hybrid produces a continuous display of huge flowers, has excellent vigor, and pest resistant foliage. This root hardy die-back perennial has a compact 4-6' x 4-6' habit and is tolerant of soil moisture levels ranging from average to wet. The Flare Series Hibiscus were developed near San Antonio so in the the words of Heidi Sheesley they are 'Texas tough' as well as big and beautiful! Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item# 11171

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Huge bright cherry pink, 10" wide, widely flaring flowers are born from summer to fall on this beautiful perennial Hibiscus. Pink Flare is a showstopper with its continuous display of massive flowers, excellent vigor, and and pest resistant foliage. This root hardy die-back perennial has a compact 4-6' x 4-6' habit and is tolerant of soil moisture levels ranging from average to wet. The Flare Series Hibiscus were developed near San Antonio so in the the words of Heidi Sheesley they are 'Texas tough' as well as big and beautiful! Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item# 11452

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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 8-14" high pyramidal clusters of up to 40 pinkish-red ball-like buds open to yellow butterfly-like blooms, then fade to a deep orange and gold, and finally turning to a deep reddish-orange to red. The Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima, is a large growing tropical to subtropical shrub to tender shrub-like perennial that makes a fantastic show throughout summer. Give it plenty of room and a well-drained, moderately fertile soil, preferably in full to mostly sunny site. Plant with caution as butterflies and hummingbirds will repeatedly attack the flowers. Sometimes they drop all leaves during shipping, but will grow more with good sun. Caterpillar host: Miami Blue and Mexican Yellow Item# 571

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 7-15'H x 8-12'W, 4-6'H x 4-6'W as a die-back perennial.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Purple Trailing Lantana, Weeping Lantana

Lantana montevidensis 'Purple'  

Small clusters of lightly fragrant purple and lavender flowers are born from summer to frost on this easy and adaptable perennial. With a low, naturally spreading to weeping habit Purple Trailing Lantana makes an excellent choice for the garden or as a spiller in mixed containers. Excellent for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Hardy and considered to be non-invasive. Item# 10506.

Grows To: 1-2'H x 4-6'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Red Flare Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Red Flare' (possibly 'Flare')  

Huge deep scarlet red, 10" wide, widely flaring flowers with overlapping petals are borne from summer to fall on this beautiful perennial Hibiscus cloaked in rich apple green foliage. Red Flare Hardy Hibiscus is a showstopper with its continuous display of massive cranberry red flowers thanks in no small part to being nearly sterile and rarely producing seed. The Flare Hibiscus series have been selected as Texas Superstar© Plants due to their toughness, reliability, and performance in the garden and landscape throughout the state. These root hardy, 4-5' high and 4-6' wide herbaceous perennials will die-back to the ground in fall returning from the crown the following spring. Provide a richly fertile, moist, wet, to average moist soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and to maximize flowering. Easy and reliable! Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item# 13129

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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It's hard to beat Turk's Cap for sheer flower power! From summer to fall the brilliant red flowers just keep coming. Red Hot, a.k.a. Red Spreader, is a lower growing and more spreading form of Turk's Cap with slightly larger red flowers that was selected by plantsman Greg Grant who also developed Pam Puryear's Pink, and Big Momma. Greg says that Red Hot has a more noticeable lower and spreading habit when grown in full sun. Excellent for Hummingbirds and Butterflies, especially the Sulphurs. Item# 9726.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Red Turk's Cap, Turk's Turban, Malvaviscus, Ladies' Eardrops, Scotchman's Purse, Wild Fuchsia

Malvaviscus arboreus var drummondii, M. mollis, M. arboreus, M. candida  

A multitude of upward facing, sleepy, scarlet blooms are born among the soft, dark green foliage from late spring to frost. A hardy and long-lived, spreading to upright perennial, Turk's Cap is an easy to grow heirloom that will flower in sun or light shade. An excellent nectar plant for hummingbirds as well as butterflies. Caterpillar host: Glassy Winged Skipper. Resistant to browsing by deer and moderately drought resistant once well-established. The ripe fruits are readily consumed by birds and other wildlife, along with the occasional curious human. Item# 691.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W, larger in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Shoal Creek Blue Chaste Tree, Vitex, Monk's Pepper Tree

Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek'  

Shoal Creek Vitex produces 12" spikes of rich deep purplish-blue from late spring to fall.  This is a vigorous and disease free and drought tolerant spreading to upright deciduous shrub or small tree that attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Shoal Creek was selected as a Louisiana Super Plant for the spring of 2011 due to its large & richly colored spikes as well as for the fact that Vitex is an excellent low maintenance plant with a long flowering season. Item# 10305.

Grows To: 15'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Texas Gold Columbine

Aquilegia x 'Texas Gold'  

Texas Gold Columbine produces bright sunny yellow flowers over an extended period from mid to late spring. The spurred flowers are visited by a variety of pollinators including butterflies, bees, and moths. The fine, fern-like soft textured blue green foliage provides a nice contrast with surrounding plants. Columbine are not always long lived perennials but readily reseed on bare soils. Provide this beautiful perennial to biennial with a moist, semi-shaded location for the best results. Texas Gold Columbine, a hybrid seed strain of Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinkleyana x A. canadensis, was selected and introduced by Greg Grant and Jerry Parsons and is a Texas Superstar® plant selection. Item# 11388

Grows To: 24"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, *Full sun
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Bicolor Mexican Sage Bush

Salvia leucantha 'Bicolor'  

White tubular blooms emerge from tall, velvety, purple calyxes on dense flower spikes from late summer to fall. This is considered to be the normal color form for the species. Soft velvety medium to gray-green foliage. Mexican Sage bush is a drought tolerant, sun and heat loving reliable clump forming perennial that is considered deer proof. Item# 10284.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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