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Products > Echeandia texenis
 
Echeandia texenis - Texas Shooting Star
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Liliaceae (Lilies)
Origin: North America
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Echeandia texenis (Texas Shooting Star) A winter deciduous grass-like clumping plant that grows 1 to 2 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with rosettes of narrow soft pale green strap-like leaves that emerge from swollen cormous roots in spring. In early fall appear the 3 to 4 foot tall branched spikes of delicate 1 inch wide nodding yellow lily flowers. Plant in full to partial sun in most any soil situation. It is known to tolerate extreme conditions ranging from seasonally wet to seasonally dry soils in winter or summer but seems to looks its best in our mediterranean climate if given periodic irrigation in summer months. Cold hardy to 5 F. Attractive to bees. This is an interesting and attractive fall accent plant for the garden or in a large container that looks a bit like a yellow flowering spider plant. As the name of this plant implies it hails from Texas, where it grows in clay soils or on sand near the Gulf of Mexico and the border of Mexico at the mouth of the Rio Grande in the low lying hills called Loma del Potrero Cercado. The genus was named for the a 19th century Spanish botanist and pharmacist Pedro Gregorio Echeandia y Jimenez. Other common names include Texas Craglily, Texas Echeandia and Copper Spiders (a name perhaps coined by YuccaDo Nursery). Our thanks go out to horticulturist Glen Williams who first provided us with this plant from which our seedling plants have been grown.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Echeandia texenis.