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
5 ratings

Thursday - May 20, 2010

From: West Seneca, NY
Region: Northeast
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Sources for information on federally protected plants
Answered by: Nan Hampton


There are plans to build an apartment complex on a beautiful parcel of land on Union Rd. in West Seneca, New York. Formerly this land was the home of Houghton College. I am wondering if there are any endangered plants or trees on the property which would be federally protected. Can you help direct me towards where I might find this information? I appreciate your help.


Here are links to the threatened and endangered species in New York:

"Protected Plants for All Scientific Names" for New York from the USDA Plants Database 

"Federally Protected Plants" from New York Department of Environmental Conservation

State "Protected Native Plants" New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

You might also consider contacting The Nature Conservancy of New York, the New York Flora Association and New York Department of Environmental Conservation for ideas on how to save some of the native plants on the site.


More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Native lawn grass for Seabrook TX
March 12, 2013 - We want to seed our lawn in Seabrook, Tx.77586 with a Natural Grass replacing our St. Augustine Grass. I think there is one that is drought resistant (only water it twice a month.) and that does not g...
view the full question and answer

Sources for buffalo grass seed in Junction, TX
December 19, 2004 - I'm looking for a local supplier for buffalograss sod near Junction, Texas. I want to have it installed on my dad's gravesite. The cemetary in Junction has minimal maintenance available and, of co...
view the full question and answer

Bluebonnets for wedding in February
August 04, 2008 - I'm getting married in February 2009. My father passed away when I was younger and thus, won't be there to walk me down the aisle. His favorite flower was bluebonnets and I would like to include t...
view the full question and answer

Donation of seeds of Silphium Terebinthinaceum to India
October 03, 2009 - Hi, I am located in India. I am planning to plant Silphium Terebinthinaceum in my garden in India. Please let me know who can donate me seeds to India. I need 20-30 seeds.
view the full question and answer

Inoculant for bluebonnets
October 08, 2007 - Where can I find inoculant for my bluebonnets? I have searched high and low. Native American Seeds does not carry it. I can buy it for soybeans in a huge quantity, but am not sure that this is the ...
view the full question and answer

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