Rent Shop Volunteer Join

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

Saturday - May 11, 2013

From: Vilonia, AR
Region: Southeast
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Illegal to pick roadside wildflowers from Vilonia AR
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Is it illegal to pick roadside wildflowers in Arkansas?

ANSWER:

Every year about this time we get not one but several questions on this subjects, from all over North America. Because "wildflower" is in our name, everyone is sure we are the ultimate decision makers. Wrong. State roadsides are the province of the state highway departments and if any of them have such laws on their books they are not sharing them online. You might try contacting your own Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department. From that site, we found a link to this site; AHTD Wildflower Program.

Other sources for information on this question:

Previous Mr. Smarty Plants question Picking roadside flowers

U. S. Forest Service Celebrating Wildflowers Ethics and Native Plants

Houston Chronicle It's Perfectly Legal to Pick Wildflowers

 

More Wildflowers Questions

Guidelines for planting native wildflowers on roadside
November 17, 2005 - My 4th grade Girl Scout troop has chosen to plant bluebonnets and other wild flowers along TX Hwy 114 in Southlake as their project for their Bronze Award. Do you have a guideline that you follow w...
view the full question and answer

Planting ironweed in Valley Forge
June 07, 2011 - I work in a national park and we have one population of Vernonia glauca (tawny ironweed), a state-listed endangered species in Pennsylvania. Last year we collected seed and have been successful in gro...
view the full question and answer

Wildflower Seed Planting in Austin in April
April 30, 2015 - What wildflower seeds can I plant in April? Is there a schedule?
view the full question and answer

Spanish name for bluebonnet
May 14, 2008 - What is the Spanish name for bluebonnet? They were in Texas before any other Europeans and must have named the flower. I cannot find it anywhere.
view the full question and answer

Wildflower seeds affected by mulch in Austin
October 24, 2010 - I have a small wildflower garden in my central Austin yard. In early summer, I had some extra mulch and put it in this garden. Now I'm thinking that was a mistake. The bed has re-seeded itself for se...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.