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.
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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: Northwest
Native plant: Phacelia sericea (Silky phacelia, Purple fringe) 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 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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