South Texas StalwartMesquite trees and South Texas go hand in hand. The rugged plant is one of the few trees that does well in the area's hot, dry climate. When the trees are young they are flexible enough to bend in the coastal winds. Their sharp thorns protect them from grazing animals. As the trees mature, their trunks and branches grow rigid and dense.
Battlefield EncroachmentToday, numerous dense pockets of mesquite dot the battlefield. This was not the case in 1846. The battlefield then was an open prairie, a perfect place for an artillery battle. Over the years, activities like cattle ranching have helped mesquite spread onto the prairie. The park is currently working on a mesquite management plan in the hopes of restoring the battlefield to its original state.
Sharp As a DaggerThe yucca is a formidable looking plant grows throughout much of South Texas. Yucca can reach heights of up to 20 feet. Its pale blooms mature from December to April. Their sharp pointed leaves offer a safe haven from predators for various bird species.
Be CarefulTake proper precautions around yucca or you will quickly find our why they also call it Spanish Dagger. Its sharp leaves can easily pierce through clothing and skin. Ouch!
Last updated: July 16, 2017