The History Center uses exhibits, both on-site and on-line, to showcase some of our vast collections of documents and photographs.
Native Plants at The History Center
Little Blue Stem
Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) grows lush in early April, as shown here in the foreground, just west of our entrance. Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) can be seen in the background, left and middle, and Gulf Muhly (Muhlenbergia capillaris), not yet green, in the right middle ground. This area receives mostly full sun, although it is slightly shaded at times by the building, a pergola, and a few wax myrtles. A few Cardinal Flowers (Lobelia cardinalis), barely visible to the far left, have not yet bloomed.
Also known as bunch grass, the Little Bluestem is a colorful grass, growing in clumps of about one foot in diameter, with a blue base in springtime that turns reddish tan in fall and winter. Its white, fuzzy seeds feed small birds in winter. The Sea Oats are a low maintenance shade grass that grows in two to four foot clumps requiring a medium amount of water. The clumps are useful for preventing soil erosion and are also favored by small mammals, birds, and butterflies. Birds like the grass as a material for their nests.
For a list of Greg Grant's suggested native plants for East Texas, click here. Greg Grant is on the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University's SFA Gardens and Pineywood Native Plant Center.