Welcome to Explore Plants. Our goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America. The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is designed to inform a broad audience ranging from members of the general public such as homeowners, wildflower enthusiasts, and gardeners to practicing professionals such as botanists, land managers, and government personnel.You can dig a little deeper into NPIN history with the links below or start your native plant journey with the Explore Plants menu to the right.
About the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN)
Now, more than ever, there is a need to bridge the gap between people and the natural world, a need to foster understanding and appreciation of the plant world, and a need to provide local, regional, and national audiences with scientifically accurate resources about their native plant heritage. Since its inception in 1982, the Wildflower Center has fulfilled those needs beginning with a mail-order Clearinghouse and continuing with its modern-day equivalent, the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) - the Wildflower Center's national web portal for native plant information and resources.
Become a Contributor
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to developing a premier resource for native plant information in North America through continued growth of the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). You can help us achieve our mission by contributing high-quality images and data to the Native Plant Information Network. Please contact Dr. Damon Waitt, Senior Botanist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to discuss how you can help this project grow.
Regional Spotlight: California
Native plant: Mentzelia laevicaulis (Evening star, Giant blazingstar, Smoothstem blazingstar, Stick leaf) This biennials first year taproot carries a low, broad mound of rough, gray-green, coarsely toothed leaves. The second year, a 4-5 ft. flowering stalk branches out candelabra-fashion with dozens of large, yellow, starry flowers. Each flower is filled with long bunches of yellow stamens and opens from late afternoon until early morning.
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Supplier: Antelope Valley Resource Conservation District Nursery (Lancaster, CA) We are a conservation nursery specializing in plants that are for windbreaks, soil erosion, and wildlife habitat. We carry over 125 items to support this cause.
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Organization: Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, The (Santa Cruz, CA)
Increase understanding of social, economic, political, and ethical foundations of agricultural sustainability; establish ecological and agronomic basis for sustainable production systems; demonstrate use of above info.
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Book: "California Wildfire Landscaping" (Dallas: Taylor Pub.) From Booklist: An explanation of the history of California's wildfires and how they develop is Gilmer's introduction to this guide to assisting homeowners in preventing a devastating loss. Advice deals with areas pertaining to planning the construction and siting of a home, the managing of native plantings, landscaping with so-called fire-resistant ornamental plants and irrigating systems, designing groupings of various species, and maintaining plants and equipment. Additional counsel covers coping with a wildfire and erosion control. Gilmer lists support agencies for those who have suffered the effects of a fire and provides resources for the purchase of plants. This practical handbook features informative tips throughout and should prove useful for California residents concerned with learning as much as possible about "firescaping." Alice Joyce
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