Parks & Keep SPI Beautiful Committee

This is a newly created committee designed to make recommendations to the City Council regarding enhancing the beauty and overall appearance of the City of South Padre Island and maintain a community park system for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

Native Plants and Grasses

List of the native plants and grasses as defined by the City of South Padre Island and the Parks and Keep South Padre Island Beautiful Committee.

Beach Bean, Sword Bean, Bitter Panic Grass, Butterfly Pea Vine, Christmas Berry, Common Sunflower, Coral Bean, Dalea, Flaveria, Flax, Golden Wave, Ground Cherry, Gulf Croton, Hierba del Soldado, Hoary Milk pea, Island Daisy, Corpus Christi Fleabane, Mexican Hat, Partridge Pea, Pink Evening Primrose, Powder Puff, Scarlet Pea, Silverleaf Nightshade, Snoutbean, Spring Ladies Tresses, Square Bud Primrose, Texas Vervain, Tiny Tim, Tornillo, White Topped Umbrella Grass, Wild Cowpea, Wild Petunia, Wooly Stemodia, Yellow Sophora

Common Name Botanical Name
Noxious plants
alligatorweed Alternanthera philoxeroides
balloonvine Cardiospermum halicacabum
Brazilian peppertree Schinus terebinthifolius
broomrape Orobanche ramosa
camelthorn Alhagi camelorum
Chinese tallow tree Triadica sebifera
Eurasian watermilfoil Myriophyllum spicatum
giant duckweed Spirodela oligorrhiza
giant reed Arundo donax
hedge bindweed Calystegia sepium
hydrilla Hydrilla verticillata
itchgrass Rottboellia cochinchinensis
Japanese dodder Cuscuta japonica
kudzu Pueraria montana var. lobata
lagarosiphon Lagarosiphon major
paperbark Melaleuca quinquenervia
purple loosestrife Lythrum salicaria
rooted waterhyacinth Eichhornia azurea
saltcedar Tamarix spp.
salvinia Salvinia spp.
serrated tussock Nassella trichotoma
torpedograss Panicum repens
tropical soda apple Solanum viarum
water spinach Ipomoea aquatica
waterhyacinth Eichhornia crassipes
waterlettuce Pistia stratiotes
Invasive plants
chinaberry Melia azedarach
Chinese tallow tree Triadica sebifera
Japanese climbing fern Lygodium japonicum
kudzu Pueraria montana var. lobata
saltcedar Tamarix spp.
tropical soda apple Solanum viarum

City Staff Liaison:  Debbie Huffman, Parks and Recreation Manager; Victor Baldovinos, Environmental Health Director

Current Committee members are:

Name Start Expires
Tonya Tallard (Chairman) 01/01/19 12/31/20
Carol Bolstad 01/08/20 12/31/21
Jeff Hoxtell 01/01/20 12/31/21
Ivy Easterly 01/01/19 12/31/20
Javier Gonzalez (Vice-Chairman) 01/01/19 12/31/20
Thomas Bainter 01/08/20 12/31/21
Vacant 01/08/19 12/31/20
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