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
6 ratings

Sunday - February 12, 2012

From: Galveston, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Lists, Drought Tolerant, Grasses or Grass-like, Wildflowers
Title: Native Plants for Galveston
Answered by: Brigid & Larry Larson


I'm looking for low maintenance, drought tolerant plants for Galveston, on the bay side, in a well drained area with morning sun. I was thinking of Phlox, Muhly grass, Lantana.....and I am looking for suggestions. Thank you.


Your area is a great area for native plants!  The set of plants that you are thinking of will do well.  I would only add that you should look for the specific native species that are well adapted to your area.  From comparing your list with ours, I found Phlox drummondii (Annual phlox)Phlox glabriflora (Rio grande phlox)Muhlenbergia capillaris (Gulf muhly), and Lantana urticoides (Texas lantana).  

When I search for suggestions, I like to use the Recommended Species page on the Wildflower Center website.  There is a specific collection that covers Galveston, the Gulf Marshes & Prairies collection.  This is a big list! It appears that many of the Texas natives like Galveston also.   Three that I found that you might want to consider are  Glandularia bipinnatifida var. bipinnatifida (Prairie verbena)Sisyrinchium langloisii (Roadside blue-eyed grass) and Salvia azurea (Pitcher sage).  Of course, your preferences may differ!

Finally, I also checked previous Mr Smarty Plants questions.  Have you considered a Wildlife Garden?  That question was asked last summer and contains another good list of plant suggestions.

Hope this gives you a little to think about! Enjoy your planting. 


From the Image Gallery

Annual phlox
Phlox drummondii

Rio grande phlox
Phlox glabriflora

Gulf muhly
Muhlenbergia capillaris

Texas lantana
Lantana urticoides

Prairie verbena
Glandularia bipinnatifida var. bipinnatifida

Roadside blue-eyed grass
Sisyrinchium langloisii

More Wildflowers Questions

Growing Texas wildflowers indoors for a March wedding from Austin
October 01, 2013 - I have learned so much from this site! Thank you! I am getting Married this March and I am hoping to use Texas wildflowers for the centerpieces. I hope to grow them in containers indoors and have the ...
view the full question and answer

Monarda species seed for heirloom gardens in Wales
June 15, 2012 - Hello. I am trying to obtain seeds for the following Monarda species: - barletti, lindheimeri, russeliana, and viridissima. Our address is Wales, United Kingdom and we are hoping to obtain the full c...
view the full question and answer

Project involving wildflower seeds for Earth Day
March 01, 2009 - Hello, I am trying to find a relatively quick and easy project involving wildflower seeds for an Earth Day Celebration. We have roughly 1,000 kids come through. In the past I have done wildflower se...
view the full question and answer

Wildflowers for decorating for a wedding from San Marcos TX
June 16, 2011 - I am in the early stages of planning my wedding for next year. I would like to decorate with wildflowers in mason jars. I need to set a date! What is the peak season for wildflowers blooming in centra...
view the full question and answer

Locating wildflowers for school project in March
January 27, 2005 - I have been assigned a school project to collect 10 wildflowers by March. I don't see any around to collect this time of year. Do you know where I could find some? I live in San Antonio.
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.
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center