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

Wednesday - November 27, 2013

From: Corpus Christi, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plants of Texas Coastal Bend beaches
Answered by: Nan Hampton


What plants are native to the Texas Coastal Bend beaches?


There are three good online resources that I found:

  • Plants of the South Texas Sand Sheet by William R. Carr focuses on Kleberg, Kendy and Willacy counties on the coast and extends into Brooks, Jim Hogg, Starr and Hildalgo counties further inland.

There are several paper books in print:

These last two may be out of print but there are sources for used copies of them:





More Plant Identification Questions

Plant identification in Keller TX
March 18, 2009 - I'm trying to i.d. a wildflower found in Keller, Tx. It is about 8 in. tall, single upright stem with narrow, slender leaves up the stem, several red blooms at top of stem about 1 inch wide, 5 petals...
view the full question and answer

Identification of plant with red beans Catalina Mts., Arizona
February 05, 2013 - While hiking at the base of the Catalina Mts. near Tucson in Jan., I came across a plant, the pods of which were open, displaying a bright red bean. I took some of the beans to plant in my yard. I was...
view the full question and answer

Spriranthes sp. blooming on rocky hilltop
November 13, 2015 - I am not sure if my previous question went thru, so I am submitting it again. How unusual is it to find a few blooming specimens of Spiranthes sp. on a rocky hilltop west of Loop 360 near Bee Caves R...
view the full question and answer

Need identification of a bush with red bumpy berries in PA.
October 02, 2009 - Pennsylvania - We are trying to identify a bush that has small red bumpy berries. The berries are the size of a crab apple or a cherry. Can you tell us what it is?
view the full question and answer

Identity of vine growing in Kentucky.
August 11, 2013 - I have a vine I can't identify. The leaf is heart shaped and the vine is fuzzy. The blooms is just now starting to bloom. They are small red and some white in it. The bloom sort of remind you of a c...
view the full question and answer

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


Flora of the Texas Coastal Bend (1982) Jones, F. B.; E. Jackson

Grasses of the Texas Gulf prairies and Marshes (1999) Hatch, S.L., J.L. Schuster & D. L. Drawe

Plants Of The Texas Coastal Bend (2005) Lehman, R. L; R. O'Brien, T. White

Wildflowers and Other Plants of Texas Beaches and Islands (2002) Richardson, Alfred

Search More Titles in Bibliography

© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center