Botany Tours


Located in Crockett County, the Twistflower Ranch and its unique ecology make for a living laboratory in which to view diverse plant species of both the Edwards Plateau and the Chihuahuan Desert. The property is also home to several rare and unique species including its namesake, the Twistflower.

Enjoy a tour of the Twistflower's sweeping terrain with owner Mike McCloskey who embodies a passion for his property's botany. Experience the ability to associate names with species and learn to see landscapes around you in an entirely new light.


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Known Plant Species

See a plant during your visit that's not listed? Help us catalog it by letting us know!


  • ___ Agarita
  • ___ Baby Blue Eyes
  • ___ Basket Flower
  • ___ Bear grass yucca
  • ___ Blackbrush Acacia
  • ___ Blue Sage
  • ___ Buffalo Gourd
  • ___ Cat claw (sensitive brier)
  • ___ Cholla Cactus
  • ___ Claret Cup Cactus
  • ___ Clasping leaf haplopappus
  • ___ Colorado venus looking glass
  • ___ Common Broomweed
  • ___ Common Horehound
  • ___ Common sunflower
  • ___ Cone Cactus
  • ___ Copper Globe Mallow
  • ___ Corn Poppy (Red Poppy)
  • ___ Creosote Bush
  • ___ Crownseed Pectis
  • ___ Cut-Leaf Germander
  • ___ Dakota Vervain
  • ___ Day Flower
  • ___ Devil's Claw
  • ___ Dirty False Nightshade
  • ___ Dotted blue-eyed grass
  • ___ Downy Paintbrush
  • ___ Eryngo (False Purple Thistle)
  • ___ Evening Primrose
  • ___ Evening Star Rain Lily
  • ___ False Ragweed
  • ___ Feather Dalea
  • ___ Fendler Bladderpod
  • ___ Fine-leaf (small) bluets
  • ___ Fishhook Barrel Cactus
  • ___ Fleabane Daisy (Plains Fleabane)
  • ___ Four-nerved Daisy
  • ___ Foxglove
  • ___ Fragrant Gaillardia
  • ___ Fringed Puccoon
  • ___ Golden Dalea
  • ___ Goldeneye
  • ___ Gregg's (Black) Dalea
  • ___ Guayacan
  • ___ Hearleaf Goldeneye
  • ___ Honey Mesquite
  • ___ Horse Crippler Cactus
  • ___ Huisache Daisy
  • ___ Indian Blanket
  • ___ Indian Paintbrush
  • ___ Lace Cactus
  • ___ Lechuguilla
  • ___ Lemon Paintbrush
  • ___ Lindheimer's Senna
  • ___ Locoweed
  • ___ Meadow Pink
  • ___ Mealy Sage
  • ___ Mexican Buckeye
  • ___ Mexican Hat
  • ___ Milfoil (yarrow)
  • ___ Mock Bishops Weed
  • ___ Old Man's Beard
  • ___ Orange Flameflower
  • ___ Parralena (prickle leaf dogwood
  • ___ Phacelia (blue curls)
  • ___ Plains Blackfoot
  • ___ Plains Horsemint
  • ___ Plains Ironwood or Western Ironwood
  • ___ Plains paper-flower
  • ___ Plains Poppy--Mallow
  • ___ Plains Yellow Daisy
  • ___ Plume Seed
  • ___ Prairie Brazoria
  • ___ Prairie flax
  • ___ Prairie Larkspur
  • ___ Prairie Verbena
  • ___ Prickleleaf (Blue) Gilia
  • ___ Pricly Pear Cactus
  • ___ Purple Ground Cherry
  • ___ Rock Nettle
  • ___ Rouge Plant
  • ___ Scarlet Gaura (Bee Blossom)
  • ___ Scarlet Muskflower
  • ___ Sharp-pod Morning Glory
  • ___ Showy Mendora--Twinpod
  • ___ Silver leaf nightshade
  • ___ Skeleton Weed
  • ___ Skullcap (heartleaf or drummond)
  • ___ Snapdragon Vine
  • ___ Sotol
  • ___ Southern Corydalis
  • ___ Stickleaf
  • ___ Stiff Stem Flax (Yellow Flax)
  • ___ Strawberry Cactus
  • ___ Sweet Sand Verbena
  • ___ Tansy Aster
  • ___ Tasajillo Cactus
  • ___ Texas Bindweed
  • ___ Texas Rainbow Cactus
  • ___ Texas Squaw Weed
  • ___ Texas storkbill
  • ___ Texas Thistle
  • ___ Texas Vervain
  • ___ Torrey Yucca
  • ___ Twistflower
  • ___ Two Leaf Senna
  • ___ Western Wallflower
  • ___ White Dandelion
  • ___ White Horse Nettle
  • ___ White Milkwort
  • ___ White Prickly Poppy
  • ___ Wild Onion
  • ___ Wooly Loco
  • ___ Yellow Spiny Daisy