Blue & Purple Texas Wildflowers Identification

Texas Blue & Purple Flowers

Blue & Purple Flowers in Texas

Texas has a large region and a variety of climate classifications, which results in a wide array of plants. The Lone Star State is home to over 2,500 different types of wildflowers. This excludes bushes, trees, and cacti, all of which are abundant in Texas.

The Texas bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis, is the state flower and unquestionably the most recognizable of all spring blossoms in North Texas. Washington and Hill Counties have the most bluebonnets. The fields are in flower from March through mid-April. The “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail” in Ennis Texas gets tens of thousands of people and is the greatest area to see these gorgeous wildflowers. Bluebonnet paths are also seen all around the Texas Hill Country.

Amsonia tabernaemontana

Amsonia tabernaemontana - Eastern Bluestar
Eastern Bluestar
    • Texas Native
    • Family: Apocynaceae
    • Common Names: Eastern Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Willow Amsonia, Woodland Bluestar
    • Native to USA: AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA

Centrosema virginianum

Centrosema virginianum
Spurred Butterfly Pea
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Common Names: Butterfly Pea, Spurred Butterfly Pea
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, + PR, VI

Clematis crispa

Clematis crispa - Swamp Leatherflower
Swamp Leather Flower
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • Common Names: Swamp Leather Flower, Curly Clematis, Blue Jasmine, Curlflower
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA

Commelina diffusa var. diffusa

Commelina diffusa - Climbing Dayflower
Climbing Dayflower
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Commelinaceae
  • Common Names: Climbing Dayflower
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV + PR, VI
  • Introduced to USA: HI

Commelina erecta

Commelina erecta - Whitemouth Dayflower
Whitemouth Dayflower
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Commelinaceae
  • Common Names: Dayflower, Whitemouth Dayflower, White-mouth Dayflower, Widow’s Tears
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, AZ, CO, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OK, PA, RI, SC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, WY, + PR, VI

Conoclinium coelestinum

Conoclinium coelestinum - Blue Mistflower
Blue Mistflower
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Common Names: Blue Mistflower
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX VA, WV
  • Introduced to Canada: ON

Eichhornia crassipes

Eichhornia crassipes - Water Hyacinth
Common Water Hyacinth
  • Introduced Species
  • Family: Pontederiaceae
  • Common Names: Common Water Hyacinth
  • Introduced to USA: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IL, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OR, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, + PR, VI
  • Introduced to Canada: ON

Elephantopus carolinianus

 Elephantopus carolinianus - Carolina Elephant's Foot
Carolina Elephant’s Foot
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Common Names: Carolina Elephant’s Foot
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Eryngium hookeri

Eryngium hookeri - Hooker's Eryngo
Hooker’s Eryngo
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Apiaceae
  • Common Names: Hooker’s Eryngo
  • Native to USA: AR, LA, MS, OK, TX

Hydrolea ovata

Hydrolea ovata - Blue Water Leaf
Hairy Hydrolea
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Hydrophyllaceae
  • Common Names: Blue Water Leaf, Hairy Hydrolea, Ovate False Fiddleleaf
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, OK, TN, TX

Ipomoea wrightii

Ipomoea wrightii - Wright's Morning-glory
Wright’s Morning-glory
  • Introduced Species
  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Common Names: Wright’s Morning-glory
  • Introduced to USA: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, OK, TN, TX, VA

Ipomoea cordatotriloba

Ipomoea cordatotriloba - Tievine
Purple Bindweed
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Common Names: Purple Bindweed, Sharp-pod Morning Glory, Tie Vine, Tievine
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS NC, SC, TX

Ipomoea sagittata

Ipomoea sagittata - Saltmarsh Morning-glory
Saltmarsh Morning-glory
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Common Names: Saltmarsh Morning-glory
  • Native to USA: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX

Jacquemontia tamnifolia

Jacquemontia tamnifolia - Hairy Clustervine
Hairy Clustervine
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Convolvulaceae
  • Common Names: Hairy Clustervine
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, LA, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA + PR, VI

Justicia ovata  var. lanceolata

Justicia ovata var. lanceolata - Looseflower Water-willow
Loose Flower Water-willow
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Common Names: Loose Flower Water-willow
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MO, MS, OK, TN, TX

Lycium carolinianum

Lycium carolinianum - Christmas Berry
Christmas Berry
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Solanacea
  • Common Names: Christmas Berry, Carolina Wolfberry, Carolina Desert-thorn, Creeping Wolfberry
  • Native to USA: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, SC, TX

Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum

Lythrum alatum var. lanceolatum - Winged Lythrum
Winged Lythrum
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Lythraceae
  • Common Names: Winged Lythrum, Lance-leaf Loosestrife
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA

Passiflora incarnata

Passiflora incarnata - Purple Passionflower
Purple Passionflower
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Passifloraceae
  • Common Names: Purple Passionflower, Purple Passion Vine, Maypop, Apricot Vine
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA, SC TN, TX, VA, WV

Pontederia cordata

Pontederia cordata - Pickerelweed
Pickerel Weed
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Pontederiaceae
  • Common Names: Pickerelweed, Pickerel Weed
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
  • Native to Canada: NB, NS, ON, PE, QC

Prunella vulgaris

Prunella vulgaris - Common Selfheal
Common Selfheal
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Common Names: Common Selfheal
  • Native to USA: 48 Contiguous States + AK
  • Introduced to USA: HI
  • Native to Canada: AB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT
  • Native to France: SPM

Ruellia humilis

Ruellia humilis - Hairy Ruellia
Fringeleaf Wild Petunia
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Common Names: Fringeleaf Wild Petunia, Hairy Ruellia, Low Wild Petunia, Low Ruellia
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY,LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE ,OH, OK, PA, TN TX, VA, WI, WV

Ruellia nudiflora

Ruellia nudiflora - Violet Ruellia
Common Wild Petunia
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Acanthaceae
  • Common Names: Violet Ruellia, Common Wild Petunia, Violet Wild Petunia, Wild Petunia
  • Native to USA: AZ, LA, MS, TX

Salvia azurea

Salvia azurea - Pitcher Sage
Big Blue Sage
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Common Names: Pitcher Sage, Big Blue Sage, Azure Sage, Giant Blue Sage, Blue Sage
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NM, NY, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, UT, WI

Salvia lyrata

Salvia lyrata - Lyreleaf Sage
Lyreleaf Sage
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Common Names: Lyreleaf Sage, Cancer Weed
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Stachys floridana

Stachys floridana
Florida Hedgenettle
  • Texas Native
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Common Names: Florida Hedgenettle, Florida Betony, Rattlesnake Weed
  • Native to USA: AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA

Verbena brasiliensis

Verbena brasiliensis - Brazilian Vervain
Brazilian Vervain
  • Introduced Species
  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Common Names: Brazilian Vervain
  • Introduced to USA: AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, HI, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, VA

Verbena rigida

Verbena rigida
Tuberous Vervain
  • Introduced Species
  • Family: Verbenaceae
  • Common Names: Tuberous Vervain
  • Introduced to USA: AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, NC, ND, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA + PR

Veronica persica

Veronica persica
Birdeye Speedwell
  • Introduced Species
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae
  • Common Names: Birdeye Speedwell
  • Introduced to USA: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL ,GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC ,TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY
  • Introduced to Canada: AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK
  • Introduced to Denmark: GL

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