By Jake Landers
Published March 2012
With winter moisture many native plants germinate and survive the winter as a rosette to get a head start on spring growth. The leaves hug the ground and claim as much space as they can to keep other plants out. Sunlight, soil moisture, and a little warmth keep them growing slowly until they can spring forth with warmer temperatures.
Plants coming up from seed usually have very little stored energy to draw on before there is enough leaf surface to make their own food. All it takes for a green plant to grow is sunlight energy, carbon dioxide from the air, water and minerals from the soil, chlorophyll in the leaves, and the right temperature.
Many of our native wildflowers that bloom in the early spring start out as rosettes. Bluebonnet is a good example. It must come up from seed, but Engelmann Daisy comes up from a root and gets a vigorous start. Rosettes of Indian Blanket, Lizard-tailed Gaura, Bladderpod, Texas Star, Evening Primroses, Huisache Daisy, and many others may be underfoot right now if only you could identify them.Add a comment