Native Plant Information Network
The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's national portal for native plant information and resources. From 1982 until 2003, this information was made available through a mail order system called the “Clearinghouse.” In 2001, with the assistance of a grant from the Bureau of Land Management, the Clearinghouse was converted into an online web application called the Native Plant Information Network. The idea behind the Native Plant Information Network is to develop a complete and integrated set of resources that will meet the native plant needs of both the public and land management professionals.
In June 2003, the Wildflower Center received a $36,080 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to begin Phase II of NPIN development. Using these funds, the Center has been able to make substantial improvements to NPIN. In October 2003, a completely redeveloped NPIN made its debut and is currently receiving over 500,000 page requests per month.
Native Plants Database – The Native Plants Database has expanded from 1,093 to 2,906 species with the addition of two databases (Texas State University and St. Edward’s University). In addition, the number of fields of information has increased from 24 to over 180 and a redesigned interface allows users to quickly find plants by name, flower period, distribution, growing conditions, and growth form. The following sources are used to verify the taxonomic status of scientific names in the Native Plants and Image Gallery database: