One of the great things about the From Bulbs to Blooms sale is that it offers bulbs that are almost impossible to find anywhere else. This is especially true of the Texas copper lily (Habranthus tubispathus texensis), which I have never seen for sale anywhere other than the Smith County Master Gardener fall event.

The Habranthus genus was first identified in 1824 by the pioneering botanist William Herbert, and many of its species are native to the Americas, from Arizona and Texas to Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. Habranthus tubispathus texensis is native to the South Texas Plains and the Edwards Plateau. It blooms after the late summer or early fall rains with nickel-sized, single yellow flowers on 8-inch stalks. In a mass planting, it looks like a carpet of gold. It is attractive to both butterflies and bees and will readily self-seed.

Texas copper lily is hardy in Zones 8-10. Once established, it is drought tolerant and performs well in a xeriscape garden. They also do well in containers, although the containers need to be kept frost free in the winter.

The Smith County Master Gardener program is a volunteer organization in connection with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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