Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Weed By Any Other Name... Laura Gillis

I know it is technically a "weed" but it's a really pretty weed when you get down and look. Right now our yard here in North Central Texas is covered in a thick purple carpet of Henbit or Lamiun amplexicaule. I had thought about mowing it but when I saw that Henbit is an early source of nectar for bees and small insects I changed my mind. Bees are some of my favorite insects so I do hope they get busy before the farm-boy hubby shows up with the herbicide!

Ink and watercolor in a Stillman & Birn Beta Sketchbook.


  1. Oh is that what it is call. My family and I just move from So Ca to North Texas (Waxahachie) due to his job.
    I have been seeing these lovely purple flowers on the side of the road but did not know what they are.
    Thank u so much for sharing the name and ur lovey art work too.

    1. Welcome to Texas J.D.! Waxahachie is in a beautiful part of Texas -- hopefully, you will get to see LOTS of fabulous flowers this spring!


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