En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - April 25, 2007

From: Iquitos, Other
Region: Other
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Source for sabadilla lily (Scheonocaulon officinale)
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Hi, i'm Dutch and living in Iquitos Amazone Peru. Now i'm looking for the plant sabadilla lilly (sapadilla lilly?). This is a natural pesticide. Where does this plant grow, where can I find the plant? All info is welcome, how to plant, what ground it needs? Thanks, I hope you can help me. Warm regards.


Sabadilla (Scheonocaulon officinale) is a native of Mexico and Central and South America. You can read about its pesticide properties in Natural Products for Insect Pest Management and Plants Protecting Other Plants without GM. (Note: gm = genetic modification). The alkaloids from the ripe seeds act as an insect nerve poison. One of the positive environmental aspects of its use as a pesticide is its rapid breakdown time in sunlight and air.

It has also been used as a medicinal herb but with a strong warning about its toxic properties when used in concentrated form.

B & T World Seeds shows it listed for sale and it is also found in another supplier list.



More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Sources of seeds for Quercus buckleyi
August 02, 2007 - I'm looking for a source for Liners or seed of "Texas oak (Quercus buckleyi)". Can you tell me any sources?
view the full question and answer

Food value of cultivars of eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana)
May 21, 2008 - Can you suggest any resources regarding the wildlife value of native plant cultivars? For example, I can only buy an eastern red Cedar cultivar in my region: "Burkii" or "Emerald Sentinel". I w...
view the full question and answer

Sources of cut native wildflowers
March 06, 2007 - I am preparing for my garden club's annual flower show and I have been assigned Southern Graces in San Antonio. Is there a source for cut bluebonnets or indian paintbrushes? Thank you.
view the full question and answer

Plants For Sale
November 30, 2008 - I have to move out of my home to take care of my mother. I have various plants in the small yard (6 mo old). If I dig them up and pot them, is there someone who will buy them? Thanks,Pat
view the full question and answer

Source of Dalea greggii seeds
March 14, 2008 - I want to purchase Gregg Dalea seeds. Where can I order them?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center