Four Plants Now Blooming in San Antonio

February is when we get our first glimpse of spring in San Antonio! If you pay attention, you’ll notice lots of changes happening outdoors. The temperatures are getting warmer, birds are singing more, and the Live Oak trees are dropping their leaves. I always found that strange when we first moved here from Chicago—leaves falling from the trees in February instead of fall!

One thing I love about San Antonio is that our spring blooms come early. Some of my favorite Texas native plants are already blooming. Have you spotted some of these? Perhaps you have some in your yard!

1) Texas Mountain Laurel trees

How can you not love a tree whose nickname is the Grape Kool-Aid tree? You may smell the intoxicating scent of these trees in bloom before you see them. I can’t tell you how happy it made me when I spotted the first Texas Mountain Laurel to bloom in my neighborhood last week.

Texas Mountain Laurel
Texas Mountain Laurel

The blooms are fleeting, only lasting a few weeks, so go out and hunt them down if you haven’t had a chance to see (and smell) them yet! You can also find this pretty evergreen tree for purchase at local nurseries if you want to add one to your yard to enjoy each year. Learn more about Texas Mountain Laurel.

2) Texas Redbud trees

This tree is hard to miss. It is a bright fuchsia purple when in bloom! It is so striking because the blooms cover its bare branches. While Texas Redbud typically starts blooming in March, I have already spotted some blooming in February.

Texas Red Bud Tree
Texas Redbud

There is a Texas Redbud located at the front of our neighborhood, and another outside a Starbucks down the road. I’m always on the lookout for these trees starting this month! Learn more about Texas Redbud tree.

3) Agarita shrubs

This evergreen Texas native shrub may be best known for its pokey leaves. However, it is covered with pretty yellow blooms in February, which attract lots of bees. Agarita is an important late winter nectar source for pollinators when very few other plants are blooming.


In nature, Agarita can often be found growing along the edge of a forested area. To spot it, take a walk on the trails of Phil Hardberger Park, or head to the San Antonio Botanical Garden to see it growing in the Family Adventure Garden or along the South Texas trail!

Its yellow blossoms are followed by bright red berries in summer which are devoured by birds. Agarita is an awesome wildlife plant to add to your yard.

4) Texas wildflowers

It may be too early to see Texas Bluebonnets, but other Texas wildflowers are starting to emerge! I spotted some purple Prairie Verbena blooming at Hardberger Park yesterday. This tends to be one of the first Texas wildflowers to bloom. Here are 10 Texas Wildflowers to watch for and to try growing in your yard!

Prairie Verbena wildflower
Prairie Verbena

Spot a wildflower and aren’t sure what it is? Take a photo and upload it to the iNaturalist or Seek app to identify it. Keep your eyes open while walking on the trails to see lots of wildflowers blooming over the next month!

Haeley Giambalvo has been a professional blogger and online content creator for the past decade. She started in 2011 to share simple crafts that make a big impact. Her craft projects have been featured by major magazines including Country Living, Martha Stewart Living, and Better Homes and Gardens. In 2020, Haeley launched her second website,, to encourage people to help the Earth from their own yards by growing native plants that support insects and wildlife. Over the last two years, Haeley has transformed her backyard with Texas native plants and turned it into a haven for butterflies, bees, and birds. She wants to help you do the same! She is excited to write for ACM to share ideas for spending more time as a family outdoors, starting a garden, attracting butterflies to your yard, and more! Haeley is a mom to Stella (13) and Hazel (11). You can follow along with her gardening adventures and connect with her on Instagram and Facebook @nativebackyards.