Rent Shop Volunteer Join

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?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

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.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Thursday - January 20, 2011

From: Leander, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Identity of plant called 'Bell-flowered Yucca' associated with Lynn Lowrey
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

Please help identify a plant, the seeds of which are labeled "Bell Flowered Yucca" and " H. lowyrii" (or, presumably, some variant of Lynn Lowrey's name). I believe that this seed was collected by Rex Moyer on a trip with Mr. Lowrey.

ANSWER:

I wasn't able to find anything that was actually referred to as Hesperaloe lowreyii (or some other variation of Lowrey) by googling Hesperaloe lowrey, but I did find (from Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation in Hempstead, Texas) Hesperaloe mamulique 'Lynn's Pink' that Lynn Lowrey apparently collected when he was in Mexico.  Another source (Cistus Design and Nursery, Sauvie Island, Oregon) listed Hesperaloe campanulatus [Mamulique Pass] that, from its description, might be what Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation called H. mamulique.  Neither of these names occurs in the USDA Plants Database or in the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) database.  The name Hesperaloe campanulata was found in the International Plant Names Index (IPNI), however, for a plant whose distribution is Mamulique micro-ondas, Nuevo León, Mexico and could possibly be the plant collected by Lowrey.  'Campanulata' means bell-shaped or bell-flowered.  If you google 'Bell-flowered yucca', you will find Desert Tropicals has a listing for Hesperaloe campanulata, Bell Flower Hesperaloe and Mountain States Wholesale Nursery lists H. campanulata, Bell-flowered Hesperaloe.  There are other sites that list it as well.  So, in my opinion Hesperaloe campanulata is the name you are looking for that is associated with Lynn Lowrey and is called Bell-flowered Yucca.

To confirm this, you might try contacting Mike and Patsy Anderson at Anderson Landscape & Nursery, Inc. in Houston.  Patsy is the daughter of the late Lynn Lowrey.  She might have more insight into which Hesperaloe sp. associated with her father is called Bell-flowered Yucca.

You can read two memoriams to Lynn Lowrey—"Remembering Lynn Lowrey" by David Creech and "Lynn R. Lowrey, Plantsman" by Mary Anne Pickens—on the Lynn L. Lowrey Arboretum of Rice University site.

 

More Plant Identification Questions

Is there a red esperanza (Tecoma stans)?
October 06, 2011 - There is a red esperanza that I pass by everyday on my way home from work. I have never seen this plant anywhere but this particular spot. Is there really a variety that is red or do you think it is...
view the full question and answer

Identification of plant with bell-shaped flowers
January 03, 2008 - Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I am in need of a plant name to purchase. It is absolutely beautiful. The plant has light green leaves, the flowers that bloom look like bells (of course they hang upside down...
view the full question and answer

Plant identification
June 17, 2011 - There is a sweet pea like vine that grows along the road in NC. IT is pink and looks much like a sweet pea. What is it?
view the full question and answer

Plant with red berries that grows near the Warner River
August 04, 2008 - We live next to a river, the Warner River, and every year these plants with red berries appear next to the river. we have search for name to no avail: the leaf is unique with one large spade shaped ...
view the full question and answer

Plant identification
September 25, 2012 - I have a plant that was in a funeral arrangement. The plant has green leaves with darker green spots on it. I do not know what kind of plant it is, nor do I know how much light the plant needs on a ...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.