A day later I couldn't wait to tell him that I had found a really good surprise. In the middle of an enormous clump of tomatillos, which I was about to pull out as all the fruit had mysteriously disappeared, a single pink flower. Wow! What's that? I rushed in the house to look in my Wildflowers of Texas book (thank you, Michael, this is the best little Texas Wildflower book). Organized by color and right there on the very first page, announcing the red-pink flowers, was my flower. Now identified as Hooker's palafoxia, Palafoxia hookeriana.
To think, but for that flower in bloom it would have been yanked. The rather lanky foliage does look rather weed like.
Described as one of the state's most beautiful wildflowers I can expect a terminal cluster of flowers which will resemble a bouquet. Long blooming, as long as I remove the seed heads, allowing only the final flowers to set seed to ensure another flowering next year. Not in the vegetable bed.
The plant was named in honor of Sir William Jackson Hooker, first director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Yes, what a surprise.