Texas A&M Releases 2020 Superstars Guide of Strong and Stunning Plants
The new Texas Superstar guide to strong and stunning plants for Texans, created by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Department of Agriculture, is now available.
The 2020 Texas Superstar brochure is available online. Hard copies are being sent to AgriLife Extension offices around the state, through regional and county Master Gardener programs, and are available by request.
To be designated a Texas Superstar, a plant must be beautiful and perform well for consumers and growers throughout the state. Superstars must be easy to propagate, which should ensure the plants are not only widely available throughout Texas but also reasonably priced.
A nine-person board chooses plants for Texas Superstar marketing campaigns. The Texas Superstar Executive Board is made up of a variety of AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech University experts specializing in fields of horticulture, plant physiology and other disciplines.
Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research horticulturist in Overton, said the new brochure represents a collective effort between the state agencies and the landscape and nursery industry to provide information to help industry professionals and the gardening public make sound, science-based decisions about the products.
The Texas Superstar program began as a regional program in the early 1980s and became a statewide effort in 1989. The name Texas Superstar was coined in 1997. The designation was applied to all the statewide promotions and has been used ever since.
The new brochure features dozens of Texas Superstar selections and provides recommendations for gardeners to create the best environment for those plants to perform.