Hill Country Native Plants

Plants & Trees
RNC NewsletterExplore our gardens and native areas. Learn about Hill Country plants and wildlife and what they have to offer to our daily living. As a Texas Parks and Wildlife certified Wildscape, Riverside Nature Center offers the following:

•Over 140 species of trees including some rare and endangered specimens
•Outstanding collection of native Texas Hill Country plants
Approximately 200 species of wildflowers
•Xeric garden with cactus and other low water-use plants
•Ethnobotany berm with herbs and medicinal plants
•Sensory garden with Braille signs for the visually impaired
•Butterfly plant garden
•Natural area along the Guadalupe River trail for bird and wildlife habitat

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The Guadalupe River originates from springs in western Kerr County. These 

springs are formed in the Edwards Plateau of the Texas Hill Country when rain water migrates through ancient limestone formations to resurface in rocky canyons as springs. The Guadalupe River winds its way through diverse

habitats with many unique species of flora and fauna, including two endangered birds and many species of plants and animals that are indigenous

only to the Texas Hill Country.

Texas Tree Identification
Riverside Nature Center is home to 140 species of trees including some rare and endangered specimens, and to an Outstanding collection of native Texas Hill Country plants.

A helpful tree identification site:  Texas Native Trees
Plant identification sites: Texas Natural Resources Server, Virtual Herbarium