Welcome to the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). 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. 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.
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 the 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 Joe Marcus, Collections Manager, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to discuss how you can help this project grow.
Regional Spotlight: California
Native plant: Chilopsis linearis (Desert willow, Flowering willow, Willow-leaved catalpa, Willowleaf catalpa, Bow willow, Flor de mimbre, Mimbre) Desert-willow is a 15-40 ft., slender-twigged, small tree or large shrub, often with leaning, twisting trunk and open, spreading crown. Leaves are deciduous, willow-like, light green, both opposite and alternate, 4–12 inches long and 1/3 inch wide. The blossom is funnel-shaped, 1–1 1/2 inches long, spreading at the opening into 5 ruffled, petal-like lobes. The flower is dark pink or purple, often with white or yellow and purple streaks within the throat. The catalpa-like flowers are borne in terminal racemes. By early autumn, the violet-scented flowers, which appear after summer rains, are replaced by slender seedpods, 6–10 inches long, which remain dangling from the branches and serve to identify the tree after the flowers are gone.
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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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