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?

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

Tuesday - April 04, 2006

From: Gt. Barrington, MA
Region: Northeast
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Sources of native herbaceous plants for Massachusetts
Answered by: Nan Hampton and Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

Hi, I am looking for sources of native herbaceous plants, ideally in plug form, and wondered if you had a list you could send me. Thanks.

ANSWER:

You can visit the National Supplier Directory and search for nurseries in your area, by state or by region, that specialize in native plants. On the page for each business you can information about what the nursery offers, including "Delivery Formats" where you can check to see if the nursery sells plugs. In a preliminary search of the Northeast Region I found Natural Attraction Project, Inc. in Griswold, CT and Native Sun Natural Landscapes in New Preston, CT.

Just as a note, our expert horticulturist advises that plug size plants are more difficult than root ball plants to grow. They tend to dry out more quickly and are more susceptible to predation since they are smaller with fewer roots. In fact, the small size of the root ball makes them more sensitive to any sort of change (e.g., water availability, temperature, etc.).
 

More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Colorful plants for window boxes in Indiana
May 26, 2009 - I want to find plants with lots of color that will fill two window boxes and trail out of the boxes and look full and nice throughout the summer. I live in Northern Indiana and the window faces south...
view the full question and answer

Sources for native plants wholesale in Boston, MA
October 31, 2003 - My professor and I are looking for a list of native plant wholesale nurseries in the Boston, MA region.
view the full question and answer

Sources for native trees in New Braunfels TX
November 28, 2010 - I live just north of New Braunfels in the Hill Country. I would like to plant the following trees this December: Anacacho Orchid Tree, American Smoke Tree, Golden Leadball Tree, and perhaps a Laceba...
view the full question and answer

Locating supply for Clematis drummondii in Arizona
April 19, 2006 - I am trying to locate Clematis drummondii for my desert garden in Scottsdale, Arizona. Any help would be appreciated.
view the full question and answer

ID for pines along Interstate 45
January 12, 2009 - Along the interstate (45) once you get up past Conroe and closer to Dallas, there are some type of pne tree that grows in the medians and on the sides. I love these trees but haven't been able to id...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center