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

Tuesday - May 17, 2005

From: Pflugerville, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Cut wildflowers for wedding in June in Panola Co., TX
Answered by: Nan Hampton


I need fresh picked Texas wildflowers for my son's wedding dinner on June 3. The wedding is in Carthage, Panola Co, Tx. I'm from Austin and am not familiar with that vicinity. What flowers should be in bloom in Panola County at that time? Thanks!


Here are a few that should be blooming in June:

1) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta).

2) Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)

3) Horsemint (Monarda citriodora)

4) Golden-wave (Coreopsis tinctoria).

5) Prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida).

6) Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera).

7) Scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea).

Are you planning on picking the flowers yourself? If so, please do so responsibly. Obtain permission from the landowner of any property that you will be picking on. If you are picking from flowers on the highway right-of-way, park and walk safely. The Texas Department of Public Safety has a very good statement relating to parking on the right-of-way to pick bluebonnets that would apply to any wildflower. Above all, pick selectively. Don't pick every flower. Leave at least half the flowers to make seed for next year's crop of wildflowers.

More Wildflowers Questions

When to harvest bluebonnet seeds in Hurst TX
April 12, 2009 - Can I harvest the Blue Bonnet Seeds now (April) or do I have to wait until they dry up & pods begin to open?
view the full question and answer

Should Rock Harlequin stay green all winter?
May 28, 2014 - I have a rock harlequin that came up in a area that had been disturbed. It came up last summer/fall and the foliage survived our tough winter. I can not find anything about this plant staying green al...
view the full question and answer

Seeds of mayflower
May 03, 2005 - Although I now live in Virginia, I grew up in eastern South Dakota. Several years ago while visiting SD I was walking in the pasture and noticed that many of the wild mayflowers (pasqueflowers) had ...
view the full question and answer

Dicentra Late in Emerging in the Spring
April 29, 2013 - I have had a bleeding heart plant that has come up for over 50 years. This year it did not come up. Is there anything I can do? Is there a chance that it will come up next year or should I assume that...
view the full question and answer

Wildflowers for Daleville AL
September 08, 2011 - What wildflowers will grow in Daleville AL, in almost all day sun ? Thank you.
view the full question and answer

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