Wednesday, April 13, 2016

National Library Week

On my continual search to authenticate native plants in the region of the country where I garden, my journey has taken me to paths that I would like to share and explore further.

One of my favorite shrubs is Hummingbird bush (Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii). Who is the botanist, Wright, whom is honored with this acknowledgement? Is he the same person honored in the naming of Datura Wrightii?

Charles Wright (1811 - 1885) was an American botanist, explorer, and librarian. In 1849, with the help of Asa Gray, he joined an army expedition through Texas. Starting in Galveston they traveled to San Antonio and then on to El Paso. In 1851 he joined the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey team and selected plants which are included in the book, Plantae Wrightianae texano-neo-mexicanae: an account of a collection of plants made by Charles Wright in an expedition from Texas to New Mexico.

I am adding this book as a "go to" resource along with the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and Sally Wasowski's book, Native Texas Plants, for authentic native Texas plants. 

During my search to find Charles Wright I found a wonderful Library of Congress link about American Explorers, Library of Congress, Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America, After Lewis and Clark.

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
Native Plant Society of Texas

Ajilvsgi, Geyata. Butterfly Gardening for Texas. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2013.
Bender, Kelly C. Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife : the Texas a & M Nature Guides Edition. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2009. Prin
Bowers, Nora, Rick Bowers, and Stan Tekiela. Cactus of Texas: Field Guide. Cambridge, Minn: Adventure Publications, 2009. Print.
Miller, George O. Landscaping with Native Plants of the Southwest. St. Paul, MN: Voyageur Press, 2007. Print.
Richardson, Alfred, and Ken King. Plants of Deep South Texas: A Field Guide to the Woody & Flowering Species. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2010. 
Tull, Delena, George O. Miller, and Delena Tull. Wildflowers, Trees, and Shrubs of Texas. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade Pub, 2003. 
Wasowski, Sally, and Andy Wasowski. Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region. Lanham: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2003.
Wrede, Jan. Trees, Shrubs, and Vines of the Texas Hill Country: A Field Guide. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2010.