With no likely rain in sight and officials anticipating restrictions on well pumping and watering, the Riverside Nature Center is affording people a way to see first-hand which plants are hardiest for Kerrville’s climate. 

All the trees and shrubs in the center’s garden area are hardy to some degree — most are natives to the area — but some are faring better than others. The meadow, usually in bloom with waist-high foliage, is mostly dormant, biding time for when rains resume. But the Texas ironweed was showing off its purple flowers Monday, attracting white butterflies, and the flame acanthus was being true to its namesake. 

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