Texas is a land of perennial drought, broken by the occasional devastating flood.”

—Unnamed Texas Meteorologist, 1927

The first part of this 1927 quote from an unnamed Texas meteorologist certainly describes 2022 so far. The first half of this year was the fifth driest on record, and this summer hasn’t been any better. Most of us don’t remember the “drought of record,” that period from 1949 to 1957, when Texas received 30% to 50% less rainfall than normal. But many can recall 2011, deemed the driest year since Texas began recording rainfall 128 years ago. Got us to wondering how Hill Country native plants weather the storm, or more accurately the lack thereof.

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