Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?


Smarty Plants Question Topics

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

<< previous 1 next >> 
7 Results:   10 25  50  100 per page

Rain garden plants for Central Texas
February 06, 2014
Do you have a list of rain garden plants for Central Texas?
View Mr. Smarty Plants' Answer

School project on acid rain effects on plants from Austin
October 18, 2013
Hi I go to an Austin high school and I am doing a project on how acid rain affects plant growth. I am wondering if you know any plants that would be more or less susceptible to acid rain for this proj...
View Mr. Smarty Plants' Answer

Native Plant Suggestions for Dripping Springs
August 02, 2011
I have a very dry commercial property in Dripping Springs TX where the dry sand/dust isn't a good rain conductor (whenever we get rain). What can we plant there? We have no irrigation and use a rai...
View Mr. Smarty Plants' Answer

Rainwater vs. city water in Austin
September 18, 2009
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, My native plants respond better to being watered with 'city' water from a sprinkler than 'city' water applied with a hose at the base of the plant. And they respond eve...
View Mr. Smarty Plants' Answer

Information about rainwater collection systems
November 25, 2008
I am wanting to design and install a rainwater collection system, and would like recommendations on suppliers, how to operate, detailed info on construction, capacity and pumping. Any info you can pro...
View Mr. Smarty Plants' Answer

Rainwater harvesting
March 06, 2007
I was told that you have info on setting up water collection systems. Is this information available on line? Thank you for your help.
View Mr. Smarty Plants' Answer

Instructions on rainwater harvesting
December 09, 2006
Do you have any information on the construction of domestic rain fall catch tanks and water distribution systems? We are currently in a drought-stricken area of Texas and are very interested in constr...
View Mr. Smarty Plants' Answer


<< previous 1 next >> 
7 Results:   10 25  50  100 per page