En Español

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

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

Thursday - June 10, 2010

From: Bastrop, LA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Source for Texas Star plant from Bastrop LA
Answered by: Barbara Medford


Please tell me where I can get a Texas Star plant?


You are probably referring to Hibiscus coccineus (scarlet rosemallow), which has another common name of "Texas Star," no doubt given to it by plant sellers to make it more attractive. In point of fact, it is not native to Texas, but is native to Louisiana and other southeastern U.S. states. Go to our National Supplier's Director,  type your town and state in the "Enter Search Location" box. You will get a list of native plant nurseries, seed companies and landscape consultants in your general area. They all have contact information, so you can call or e-mail until you find someone who has it in stock. 

From our Native Plant Image Gallery:

Hibiscus coccineus

Hibiscus coccineus

Hibiscus coccineus

Hibiscus coccineus




More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Locating native plant landscaper in Austin, TX
March 12, 2007 - Help ! I have a 9 year old native landscape -- river rock areas with beds of native plants which include lantana, salvia greggii, rosemary, coreopsis, brazos penestemon , Russian sage, Jerusalem sage,...
view the full question and answer

Propagation of skunk cabbage
December 18, 2003 - Where can I purchase root stock for a start of skunk cabbage to plant? in my wetland?
view the full question and answer

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower seed mix
August 06, 2007 - Where can I buy "Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower seed mix? Does such a thing exist? It seems like years ago my neighbor had some packets that she planted in her front yard, they were gorgeous! I woul...
view the full question and answer

Eating green wild plums
July 23, 2010 - As a child in south Austin I always relished eating green plums beginning in mid-May. My aunt had wild plum trees - more like bushes really - that fruited starting in late April. (Sadly, they died whe...
view the full question and answer

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

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center