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
Not Yet Rated

Sunday - June 23, 2013

From: Portland, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources, Propagation, Herbs/Forbs
Title: Source for Frostweed plants or seeds from Portland TX
Answered by: Barbara Medford


I am looking for somewhere I can buy Frostweed plants or seeds. I live in Portland, TX, but frequent San Antonio and the Hill Country. Can you help me with this?


Ah, once again the curse of the common name. When we searched for "frostweed" in our Native Plant Database, we found 5 plants with that as one of their common names, all native to Texas. Four of them are in the genus Helianthemum and one in the genus Verbesina. Helianthemum carolinianum (Carolina frostweed), Helianthemum georgianum (Georgia frostweed), Helianthemum rosmarinifolium (Rosemary frostweed) and Verbesina virginica (Frostweed) all are shown on USDA Plant Profile Maps as being native in or near Nueces and San Patricio Counties. Helianthemum glomeratum (Clustered frostweed) is shown as native only to Brewster County in the Big Bend area of West Texas, so we will eliminate that one from consideration.

If you follow the link to our webpage on Verbesina virginica (Frostweed), scroll down that page to "Find Seed or Plants" you will find this sentence: " Order seed of this species from Native American Seed and help support the Wildflower Center." Click on Order seed  and you will get the online order page for seeds of that plant available from Native American Seed. None of the other species with the same common name had such a source reference.


Since we have no idea which of the five plants we have listed is the one you want, we suggest you go to our National Suppliers Directory, put your town and state or just your zipcode in the "Enter Search Location" box, click on GO and you will get a list of native plant nurseries, seed companies and consultants in your general area. All have contact information so you can check on availability before you begin shopping.


Follow this link to an entire page of pictures from our Image Gallery of Verbesina virginica (Frostweed). That was the most extensive set of images of any of the plants listed above, two of which we had no pictures at all.


From the Image Gallery

Carolina frostweed
Helianthemum carolinianum

Georgia frostweed
Helianthemum georgianum

Verbesina virginica

More Herbs/Forbs Questions

Availability of Texas Frogfruit
June 22, 2012 - Are there any nursery suppliers that supply Texas frogfruit?
view the full question and answer

Pink wildflowers on DFW runways in April-June
October 10, 2013 - I fly thru DFW quite often and have noticed in April-June timeframe the runways are dotted with a light pink colored wildflower. Have asked the DFW Customer Service folks for the name, ones I've ask...
view the full question and answer

Wildflowers in Bloom in Hudson Valley NY in July
May 19, 2015 - We are hosting a rustic wedding on July 11, and we would like to decorate with wildflowers. We live in rural NY state, in the Mid-Hudson Valley, and there are many sites from which to pick wildflowers...
view the full question and answer

Bird-friendly plants for the Texas coast
July 13, 2012 - I'm interested in starting a native plant garden, specifically with an eye towards providing food (either from the plants or insects that are attracted to the plants) for migratory birds. However, s...
view the full question and answer

Plant for full sun behind waterfall
March 21, 2009 - I have a 24 inch waterfall around my pool. I need to plant something behind it. I have full sun and hot Texas weather. I will be watering everyday, so what do you think would grow well in this area?
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