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: Iris tenax (Toughleaf iris, Tough-leaf iris, Oregon iris) A tufted perennial with narrow, grass-like leaves and showy flowers on thin, wand-like stems to 14 in. tall. Leaves slightly exceed the flower stem in height. The flower of this species shows considerable variation in color, from white to deep purple. Large, delicate, lavender to deep purple (sometimes white, rarely yellow) flowers, commonly with dark violet veins, grow at top of short stalks in dense clumps of narrow, tough leaves about the same height. Flowers usually occur singly but sometimes in pairs.
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Mr. Smarty Plants: I know rainfall amounts in the winter affect the blooming of bluebonnets in the spring. I am thinking about visiting Texas this spring. What should I be looking for in rainfall amounts? I will watch the national news. I am in Oregon
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Supplier: Alpha Nursery Inc. (Salem, OR) When Alpha Nursery began in 1978,it consisted of one small greenhouse and one big dream.We believed that a quality nursery product and customer service were the mainstay for sucess. Since then we have grown to full-scale 50-acre containerized nursery operation, and we still hold that same belief.
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Organization: Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, The (Portland, OR)
The Xerces Society is an international consevation organization dedicated to preserving rare or endangered invertebrates and their habitats.
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Book: "Trees and Shrubs for Pacific Northwest Gardens" (Portland: Timber Press) From Amazon.com
Northwest gardeners have relied on the solid information found in various editions of this book for more than 50 years. This greatly enlarged edition reflects the vast increase in suitable plants for the region now available from area nurseries.
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