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 - August 29, 2009

From: Tomball, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Source for non-native yellow bauhinia in Tomball, TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

I am trying to find a yellow bauhinia plant/tree/shrub here in Tomball, TX. I went to the Arbor Gate in Tomball and they only have the white and orange, but they do have a yellow bauhinia on display growing in their garden, but not for sale. I am trying to buy one and I need your help! Where can I buy one close to home?

ANSWER:

Bauhinia tomentosa, yellow bauhinia, is native to Africa, Yemen and India  and therefore out of the range of expertise of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. We recommend the use of plants native not only to North America but to the area in which they are being planted. Native plants will need less water, fertilizer and maintenance to thrive. We do have a list of Native Plant Suppliers, and some of them carry a small percentage of non-native plants, you could check with them. You might also try Googling "Bauhinia tomentosa Tomball TX"  There is a native species of the genus Bauhinia, Bauhinia lunarioides (Texasplume) that one of the native plant nurseries mentioned above might carry. However, according to this county level distribution map from the USDA Plant Profile, it does not grow natively in the Tomball area. 


Bauhinia lunarioides

Bauhinia lunarioides

Bauhinia lunarioides

 


 

More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Need a source for mesquite trees in Albuquerque, NM.
September 14, 2010 - Where can I find mesquite plants to use in landscaping my yard in Albuquerque?
view the full question and answer

Sources of native plants for Marin County, CA
June 30, 2005 - Where in Marin County, California can I get native area plants?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants on seed sources
February 03, 2004 - I'm trying to find a source to buy seed or plants of rose gentian (Sabatia angularis). Do you know a source for seed or plants?
view the full question and answer

Source for Penstemon calycocus
May 01, 2008 - Do you know where I can obtain Penstemon calycocus? I live in Annapolis. I am willing to look at mail order sources.
view the full question and answer

Where to find nursery type containers in Austin TX
July 10, 2015 - Where in Austin TX can I purchase nursery type containers to transplant my seedling
view the full question and answer

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