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: Canada
Native plant: Iris versicolor (Harlequin blueflag, Northern blue flag) A graceful, sword-leaved plant similar to the garden iris, with showy, down-curved, violet, boldly veined sepals. Several violet-blue flowers with attractively veined and yellow-based sepals are on a sturdy stalk among tall sword-like leaves that rise from a basal cluster. Flowers may be any shade of purple, but are always decorated with yellow on the falls. Grows 2-3 ft. tall.
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Supplier: Native Plant Source (Kitchener, ON) Native Ontario Plant Nursery
Focus on design and installation of residential, commercial and industrial landscapes.
Aquatic, meadow and woodland.
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Organization: Federation of Ontario Naturalists (Toronto, ON)
Ontario Nature protects and restores natural habitats through research, education and conservation, connecting thousands of individuals and communities with nature.
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Book: "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" (Putney: A.C. Hood and Company, Inc.) From Amazon.com
Euell Gibbons was one of the few people in this country to devote a considerable part of his life to the adventure of "living off the land." His greatest pleasure was seeking out wild plants, which he made into delicious dishes. The plants he gathers and prepares in this book are widely available everywhere in North America. There are recipes for delicious vegetable and casserole dishes, breads, cakes, and twenty different pies. He also shows how to make numerous jellies, jams, teas, and wines, and how to sweeten them with wild honey or homemade maple syrup.
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