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Texas Skeleton plant

Texas Skeleton plant The Texas Skeleton plant Lygodesmia texana is also called: Texas Skeleton Plant, Texas Skeleton Weed, Skeleton-plant, Purple Dandelion, Flowering Straw.IMG_5764

According to Texas A&M AgriLife, “Skeleton Plant has a slender stock and fleshy root system. It can range in size from twelve to twenty-four inches in height. Most flowers are found in open, sandy to clayey sites or slopes and prairies of the South Texas Plains and the Edwards Plateau. The leaves are four to six inches long and the purple flower is 1 5/8 to 2 inches in diameter. Skeleton Plant blooms from April to August.”

When you are walking through fields, along trails and you view the Skeleton plant from the side you will see why it is called a skeleton plant. It has very few branches extending from it’s stalk, like a “skeleton crew.” They are a hardy perennial herb native to the Highland Lakes area. So, don’t just stop and smell the roses, look for purple too. 🙂



Even our four-legged friends are curious about critters and nature. Animals have an exploratory nature, also, to discover and make new friends. Animals know by instinct which other animals are friend or foe. As you can see Sullivan (dog photographed above) doesn’t hear the howl of a wolf or coyote (their known predators in the Texas Hill Country) from the turtle. The turtle doesn’t smell like a bobcat or mountain lion (feline predators of the Texas Hill Country). Therefore, his instinct tells him it is okay to be curious and discover. Just as the fawn pictured below doesn’t receive any tell-tale signs of danger from the dove she is investigating.