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What’s This Plant? An Easy Way to Find Out!

What’s This Plant? An Easy Way to Find Out!

The website you’re about to view has some very appealing photos, and you may find it hard to walk away. We’re talking plants—tens of thousands of them! They’re part of the USDA Plant Database, a fantastic resource for gardeners.

The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged. PLANTS reduces government spending by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.

We like this site because it’s useful: Not only will you find more than 40,000 photos to help you identify plants, you’ll also discover helpful plant information.

It’s also user-friendly. You can search the database by scientific name or common name. Or search by state to find some interesting prospects for your garden in your locale.

The site also has a database of endangered plants, which allows you to find out which plants are at risk in your state.

So kick off your shoes and get comfortable. It’s time to discover some plants!

We would very much appreciate your contributionsof digital images or line drawings of U.S. plants to the PLANTS project.

 

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