Widow’s Tears

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Widow’s tears

Tinantia anomala
False Dayflower
1

2 feet
1

2 feet
Northern Mexico and Texas
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Birds

About This Plant

Winter annual that grows well in shady areas. Grass-like sprouts emerge in late October or November that develop into surprisingly dense clumps. In the spring stems adorned with lavender flowers replace the grass-like leaves. The whole plant disappears by the time summer arrives. It will readily reseed if allowed to do so. Widow’s tears are a common sight under leafless deciduous trees in city parks and homeowners’ landscapes. The flowers are visited by bumblebees and the seeds are eaten by birds. You probably won’t be able to find it at a nursery, so preserve this interesting annual if you are lucky enough to have some on-site.

Maintenance

Little maintenance is required beyond allowing the widow’s tears the space to complete its life cycle.

Features

Plant Type:
Wildflowers
Size:
1-2' H, 1-2' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Bees, Birds, Pollinators
Flower Color:
Blue, Lavender
Bloom Time:
April
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

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