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Why all of the interest in bull nettle?

This blog gets about 10 to 15 hits per day from internet searches on “bull nettle” or something similar.  All of this makes me really curious.  If you have come here to read about bull nettle please leave a comment about why you are interested in this plant. Maybe I can use your comments to come up with a new interesting essay about this interesting plant.  Thanks.

Oh, here’s the link to the earlier piece about bull nettle.

Rosita in bloom at Abilene State Park

Okay, here’s a preview of some of the upcoming images I just promised. Here’s one of my favorite (there will be more!) wildflowers from Abilene State Park (Texas) this spring.  This is Centaurium calycosum (family = Gentianaceae) commonly caused Rosita or Buckley’s Centaury. This plant is supposedly toxic to livestock.

Does this species remind anyone of a flower that looks very similar and is easily confused with Rosita?

Welcome!

The purpose of this blog will be to document what’s happening in the flora-that is, the PLANT world-in and around Abilene, TX, USA.  I’ll be starting as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX) in January 2009 and will basically be the plant biologist/botanist for the department.  So, come springtime 2009 I’ll be roaming the roadsides in search of all that’s blooming.  I’ll take pictures of my discoveries and post them on the blog with the name of the plant (once I know what it is I’m looking at!) and comments on the unique and interesting aspects of the plant for other plant enthusiasts to enjoy.

Stay tuned for more details and info.  I’m not actually living in Abilene yet so not much will happen here for a while.  But check back occasionally as I may post some interesting facts about the plants of the Rolling Plains in the meantime. And by all means, feel free to contact me with comments or suggestions about plants!

Rick Hammer
hammer@tamu.edu (until Dec 31, 2008)