Rent Shop Volunteer Join

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?

Share

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

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Saturday - March 20, 2004

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Rare or Endangered Plants
Title: Smarty Plants on Endangered Plants
Answered by: Sage Kawecki

QUESTION:

What is an endangered plant?

ANSWER:

Many plant species are disappearing at an alarming rate due directly or indirectly to human activities, especially habitat loss. Thanks to the passage of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, plants that are rare, threatened and endangered are now federally listed and protected by law. To learn more, visit the Center for Plant Conservation website.
 

More Rare or Endangered Plants Questions

Restoring the woods in Central Austin.
May 08, 2012 - I live in Austin, south central between Red Bud trail close to the low water bridge and Bee Caves road. My question: I want to make the wooded sections of my yard attractive. They have filtered sun...
view the full question and answer

Conservation status of Lathyrus venosus (Veiny pea)
May 30, 2009 - The Wild Pea (Lathyrus Venosus Muhl) 1) What's being done to preserve them 2) When were they placed on the endangered species list 3) How many are left
view the full question and answer

Endangered species of trillium on disturbed soil in New York
April 19, 2006 - Hello, I live in Rochester New York, near a gully/ravine by woodland. Quite a gem. Anyway here's my question and concern. In the past 35 years there have been trillium in small "pockets" or sing...
view the full question and answer

How rare is the Devil's Cigar Fungus (Chorioactis geaster)?
November 08, 2009 - I have found a fungus called devil's cigar in the woods behind my house in Westlake Hills Texas. I read that it is rare. Is it considered rare even to Central Texas? If so, do I need to let someone k...
view the full question and answer

Propogating snowbells from Elmendorf TX
June 06, 2012 - Is it possible to propagate Styrax platanifolius and Halesia diptera from cuttings? If yes, what is the process?
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.