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
1 rating

Thursday - June 14, 2012

From: Decatur, GA
Region: Southeast
Topic: Herbs/Forbs, Wildflowers
Title: Plant Identification from Decatur GA
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Hi: In early May 2012 we visited the Center--fantastic. There was a large shrub/tree with yellow blooms near a silo. Is it Retama? Also there was a lot of a purple blooming plant in with the coneflowers. I think it may be Monarda citriodora. It had fluffy purple blooms at the top of the stem. Thanks for any help you may be able to give me.

ANSWER:

We are glad you enjoyed a visit to the Wildflower Center. Since Mr. Smarty Plants ordinarily works online from home, we don't always know exactly what is blooming at a particular time and/or spot in the Center. Our incredible Garden Staff and volunteers keeps a constant succession of blooming plants on the grounds virtually year-round. On our Native Plant Database, we looked at flowers that bloomed in the specified color in Central Texas in May, and have four guesses for you. Follow each plant link to our webpage on that plant to read about it and see pictures. We also have some pictures from our Image Gallery, below, hope we hit the right choices.

Parkinsonia aculeata (Retama)

Tecoma stans (Yellow bells)

Monarda citriodora (Lemon beebalm)

Monarda fistulosa (Wild bergamot)

 

From the Image Gallery


Retama
Parkinsonia aculeata

Retama
Parkinsonia aculeata

Retama
Parkinsonia aculeata

Yellow bells
Tecoma stans

Yellow bells
Tecoma stans

Yellow bells
Tecoma stans

Lemon beebalm
Monarda citriodora

Lemon beebalm
Monarda citriodora

Lemon beebalm
Monarda citriodora

Wild bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

Wild bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

Wild bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

More Herbs/Forbs Questions

Native flowers for color year round
May 02, 2007 - I have the opportunity to recommend plants for a religious organization. They want YEAR ROUND color in some areas, much like how commercial sites use annual color. I would like to suggest native/ada...
view the full question and answer

Deer resistant plants for Trinity, TX
March 23, 2013 - I need a list of deer resistant flowers, herbs and plants that would could be planted in Trinity, Texas.
view the full question and answer

Looking for native plants for a rain garden in Arlington, TX.
March 12, 2012 - I am looking for native Texas plants that would do well in rain gardens. Do you have any suggestions?
view the full question and answer

Landscape color for Rialto, CA
May 11, 2009 - My sister-in-law lives in Rialto CA near the base of the San Bernardino Mt ranges and it gets very windy out there. She and I were trying to figure out the best native plants for her area. Her home fa...
view the full question and answer

Correction of tree name from Bay Point CA
October 16, 2013 - The tree should of been Mulberry don't know how it was changed!! Tuesday - October 15, 2013 From: Bay Point, CA Region: California Topic: Non-Natives, Cacti and Succulents, Trees Title: Non-...
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 | JOBS | SITEMAP | STAFF INTRANET
© 2016 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center