Mountain Pinks of Texas
I just adore this plant. They have these surrealistically bundled bouquets. It pops up according to specifically timed rains. They do not make an appearance every year. They are not the easiest thing to naturalize, believe me, I have been trying. Their wants are specific. They love disturbed caliche limestone rubble with water occasionally flowing over it and they like to face west or NW mostly. All day sun or mostly all day brutal exposure There are some exceptions to this rule.I will collect some seed again this year.
This was one of Lady Bird's favorites also. I was out on the road waiting for her funeral procession down SH290 from Austin to Johnson City. We were right by a huge clump of mountain Pinks. We lined them with rocks in the shape of a big heart. When The limo came by , they honked at us, the window rolled down and the arms waves at us. her love of Mountain Pinks is known by the plant lovers of Central Texas.