A widespread plant, Flannel leaf mullein sports myriad common names, including Flanneleaf, Indian tobacco, Common mullein, Great mullein, Mullein dock, Velvet dock, Aaron’s-rod.
Since another common name for Texas Kidneywood, Kidney wood, bee brush and vara dulce, is “Ice Cream Plant,” it seemed appropriate to feature Eysenhardtia texana at the beginning of what’s shaping up to be another long hot summer in the Hill Country.
There appears to be at least two varieties of local buckeye - Aesculus pavia var. pavia, a typical Red Buckeye; and Aesculus pavia var. flavescens, a yellow-flowered Red Buckeye.