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?

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
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
1 rating

Friday - March 26, 2010

From: Kenosha, WI
Region: Midwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: How to find out which native plants grow in your particular area
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

I'm doing an ecology project (prairie restoration) PLEASE RESPOND A.S.A.P MY PAPER IS DUE SOON!!!! Any native plants of Kenosha, WI?

ANSWER:

Sorry, we don't do homework!

However, we can tell you how find out these things on your own.  Go to the USDA Plants Database and choose "Advanced Search".  On that page in "Part A: PLANTS Core Data" you can pick out your county and state under "1. Distribution."  You have other choices under "2. Taxonomy" that you can make.  Then under "3.  Ecology" you choose "L48" under "Native Status".  You don't need to make any choices in Part B. This should give you a list of native plants growing in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.  They won't be exclusive to Kenosha County, but this is probably the best you can do unless your state has done a survey and has a list of plants endemic to various Wisconsin counties. You'll have to check with state authorities to find that out.  Note:  You have to check 'Display' next to a topic in your search to see any data that is of interest to you. 

 

 

 

More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Bluebonnets as a source of nitrogen fixation
June 13, 2007 - I am fascinated by Texas Bluebonnets and want to introduce them to k-12 students as a major source of Nitrogen fixation. As I want to present this to the teachers can I get any guidance from you, lik...
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

Source for Gulf Muhly for Houston
September 24, 2005 - Could you help me find a seed source for Gulf Muhly, Muhlenbergia capillaris please? I need enough for about 2 acres. Thanks.
view the full question and answer

Source of Rosa foliolosa for Zilker Gardens, Austin
February 19, 2007 - We're looking for a specimen plant of Rosa foliolosa and I am hoping you can direct me where I can purchase one for the Vee Fowler Native Texas Herb Garden at Zilker Botanical Gardens.
view the full question and answer

Source for Saltmarsh cordgrass from Houston
April 16, 2013 - I work for a consulting firm and we are looking to do more of our wetland creation/restoration. Do you know where one can purchased Spartina alterniflora?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center