What Can Survive Unscathed 200+ Hours of Freezing Temps in Texas?

by Carolyn Henderson

As I perused the damage to my live oaks, palm tree, shrubs, flowers, etc., on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, I noticed that plenty of things were green and perky and flowering in some cases. This was less than two full days after the record breaking Great Freeze of 2021. I began documenting what wasn’t damaged by the horrible weather.

I documented Henbit Deadnettle (love to know where that name originated) in bloom and profuse. I found Annual Grass-Meadow, Common Chickweed in bloom, Red-seeded Dandelion in bloom, Common Cat’s Ear, and Asiatic Jasmine (which has now proven to be resistant to any type of attempt to remove it). There were others. What is amazing is that they suffered no damage in the snow/ice/freeze. They immediately perked right back up. Everything was not so lucky.

What is looking particularly harmed that surprises me is Texas Purple Sage and Prickly Pear Cactus. The leaves are shedding in mass off my Texas Sage – a favorite of butterflies and bees, and I found cactus that looks melted. The Texas Ag Extension Service advises to leave them all alone, don’t even prune, because it is believed many will come back given time and patience. 

Sad prickly pears

I’m going to go out and sing to my Texas Sage every day to encourage it’s return. Let’s hope it has a tin ear. 

P.S. In an aside, there is a picture of three Cedar Waxwings with their faces pointed toward the sun on Saturday. They seemed to be just taking it in. The chain saw cutting broken branches right below them, did not bother them. 

The happy cedar waxwings
Such beautiful birds!

1 thought on “What Can Survive Unscathed 200+ Hours of Freezing Temps in Texas?”

  1. Texas Nature Trackers of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are spotting Monarch butterflies in the Boerne area. Mexican Plum trees seem to be their food source. They are moving toward us.

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