Plants Databases

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Texas SmartScape

Texas SmartScape is a landscape program that promotes the use of plants suited to the region’s soil, climate, and precipitation. The goal is to improve water quality by reducing runoff and conserve local water supplies by selecting ecologically appropriate native or adapted plants that require less water, pesticides, and fertilizers. The list focuses on perennials because they offer variety and diversity, blooming cycles for 7-8 months of the year, as well as foliage rich in color, texture, and shape. (For information on wildflowers, visit the¬†Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website.)

Native Plants of Texas

This search engine is designed to aid with native plant selection for garden planning. Once you click on the scientific name, you are taken to Dave’s Garden Plant Files for a complete description and pictures. While there are thousands of plants in Dave’s Plant Files, this search engine narrows your search to Native Texas Plants, including naturalized and cultivars.

Online Plant Guide

A FREE information source which showcases materials authored, gathered, and cataloged by Neil Odenwald, Ph.D. and Thomas Pope, Ph.D. over their extensive careers, over a century of collective experience in horticulture and landscape architecture. This site includes information on more than 4,300 species and 15,500 digital images.