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.
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.
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.
Native plant: Ostrya virginiana (Eastern hop-hornbeam, Hophornbeam, Ironwood) A tree with a trunk that looks like sinewy muscles and a rounded crown of slender, spreading branches. Eastern hop-hornbeam or ironweed is a graceful, understory tree, typically growing 30-50 ft. Conical shape, especially when young, the deciduous tree becomes more rounded at maturity. Loose bark, in narrow, rectilinear strips, covers the often twisting trunk. Catkins appear just before or with the appearance of new leaves. Oval-pointed, mature leaves vary in size and turn a mild yellow in fall. Fruits are borne in a hanging, hoplike structure.
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Supplier: Abbott's Nursery (Ann Arbor, MI) Abbott's Nursery operates on a turn of the century farm. We carry many of the most popular native trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers indigenous to our area.
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Organization: North Dakota Natural Heritage Program (Bismarck, ND)
ND Natural Heritage Program's comprehensive inventory of the state's ecological resources provides a continuous process for identiying valuable natural areas and setting land protection priorities.
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