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 - April 13, 2006

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Source for Wave scaly cloakfern (Astrolepis sinuata)
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Can't make it to the Plant Sale but really want to buy one Astrolepis sinuata (Wavy Cloak Fern) if a plant is available for sale. Is it possible to buy one if one is available after the sale date (just come down for the sole purpose of making that purchase)? Please advise. I saw and loved this plant on a visit to the Center this past week. Thank You.


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has plants for sale only at our Annual Fall and Spring Plant Sales. Additionally, I did not find the Wavy scaly cloakfern (Astrolepis sinuata) listed as one the species for sale. You might try contacting one of the nurseries in your area that specializes in native plants to see if they carry it. You can search for nurseries in the National Suppliers Directory on our website. The Austin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas also offers a list of native plant sources.

More Seed and Plant Sources Questions

Looking for a source for native Texas plums
October 03, 2010 - Please provide a source for native Texas plums--I want to plant some in the Texas Hill Country.
view the full question and answer

Landscape designers for Texas Hill Country
June 09, 2007 - I need to locate a landscape designer for a Texas Hill Country property. Can you help?
view the full question and answer

Infrequently blooming yucca in Harrison AR
June 10, 2011 - My Yuccas have only bloomed once in 8 years. Looking at the Internet I think mine is Elephantis variety - I did buy them at a nursery; they are in full sun.
view the full question and answer

Source for seeds of Mexican primrose from Dallas
April 25, 2013 - Can I purchase Mexican Evening Primrose seeds now for planting in the fall or do I need to wait for the fresh crop of seeds that will be gathered from this spring flowering. How can I be assured the ...
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

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