Frost Resistant Plants

The last couple of months we have seen some big freezes all over central Texas. In addition to affecting the roads and school schedule, this change in weather affects our plant friends! Many of us were able to cover up our plants before the freeze got to them – but do all plants need to be covered? We did a bit of research to find out which plants are the hardiest during the freeze and which definitely need those blankets to help them get through the icy winters.

 

Grasses: 

Grasses are some of the hardiest plants around. They can survive strong, hot summers and cold, frosty winters. Not all grasses are created equal, however. Below is a list of grasses  that may lose their colorful hues in the winter but can survive frosty nights without protection.  Be sure to clip back grasses in late winter so they can come back fuller and happier in the spring and summer.


Schizachyrium scoparium – Little bluestem
 

Andropogon gerardi – Big bluestem
 

Panicum virgatum – Switchgrass
 

Muhlenbergia lindheimeri – Big Muhly

 

Perennials: 

Some perennials will lose their color and look a little sadder than they do in the spring, but have no fear they will come back as bright as beautiful


Heliopsis helianthoides – False sunflower
 

Echinacea purpurea – Purple coneflower
 

Adiantum pedatum – Maidenhair fern
 

Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly milkweed

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