Box Turtles & Tortoises Living in the Garden

Observations By Beverly Logan, GCTTS member A 10 year study

Texas Native Trees

Dwarf Palmetto Sabal minor 
Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis* ****
Fringe Tree Chionanthus virginica 
Parsley Hawthorn Crataegus marshalli** ****
Red Mulberry Morus rubra*** ****
Redbud Cercis texensis, pink, purple****
Mexican redbud Cercis mexicana, deep pink****
Snow Drop Tree Halesia diptera, white 
Snowbell Styrax americanus, white 
Sweet Bay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana, white****
Wax Myrtle Myrica cerifera 

Non native Trees

Trident MapleAcer buergerianum****
Profusion CrabappleMalus profusion better performerMill Creek Farms

*Edible flower
**Edible fruit
***Edible fruit & leaves
****Leaf drop, for mulch in turtle habitat gardens, attracts live foods.


Texas Native Shrubs

Heartleaf hibiscusHibiscus martianus, red*
RockrosePavonia lasiopetala, pink*
Violet ruelliaRuellia nudiflora, purple*
Yellow BellsTecoma stans, yellow*
Prickley Pear cactusOpunita, yellow* ** ***
Switchgrass, Johnson grassPanicum virgatum*
Widow TearsCommelina, blue**
Butterfly weedAsclepias tuberose, yellow, orange 
American BeautyberryCallicarpa americana, purple berry* ****

Non Native shrubs

Giant Liriope Best liked box turtle plant-purple flowers & berries
Tropical HibiscusHibiscus rosa-sinensis, red**
 Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, yellow (Eye Opener,butterfly)**
Texas native wild dandelionsyellow, blue flowers**

*flowers edible
**flowers & leaves edible
***fruit edible

Plants for Outdoor Water Turtle Ponds

Texas Native Water Lilies

 Nymphae odorata, white*
 Nymphae mexicana, yellow*

Non native Water Plants

Water poppyHydrocleys nymphoides, peruviana - yellow*

Native Texas Bog Plants

PickerelweedPontederia cordata, purple*
ArrowheadSagittaria, white 
Zigzag IrisIris brevicaulis, purple with white 

Non Native Bog Plants

Umbrella palm, plantCyperus alternifolius 
Louisiana Swamp IrisIris Pseudacorusyellow, red, purple, white, more. 

*All parts adult water turtle edible


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