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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.

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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.

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Native plant: Phacelia sericea (Purplefringe, Silky phacelia) A cluster of several erect stems with most leaves near the base, covered with dense hairs that have a silvery-gray hue. Purple or dark blue-violet flowers are in many dense, short coils in a tight cylindrical cluster, which, because of long, protruding stamens, appears fringed. This leafy-stemmed, clumped perennial grows 4-16 in. tall. The leaves are covered with silky hairs, to the point of being silvery in color, and are oblong to oval and pinnately incised. The flowers, clustered on the top one-third of the stalk, are bluish-purple to whitish with long, conspicuous, purple stamens and yellow anthers. The long stamens give the flower clusters a fuzzy appearance.
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Mr. Smarty Plants: I have been to Austin a few times, but never during wildflower season. Can you suggest to me what would be the ideal time to come?
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Supplier: A V Seeds (Longmont, CO) We supply the majority of our native seed and seed mixes to reclamation and revegetation companies. We have five branches in three states.
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Organization: Society For Economic Botany (Boulder, CO)
The Society for Economic Botany (SEB) was established in 1959 to foster and encourage scientific research, education, and related activities on the past, present, and future uses of plants, and the relationship between plants and people, and to make the results of such research available to the scientific community and the general public through meetings and publications.
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Book: "Plants of the Tahoe Basin: Flowering Plants, Trees, & Ferns" (University of California Press) Amazon.com This is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the trees, ferns, and flowering plants of the Tahoe Basin. Covering more than 600 species, many of them rare, and with over 300 color photographs, here is the most complete and up-to-date wildflower guide available for this floristically rich region.
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