If you’ve ever desired to know more about the trees and flowers you walk past in your neighborhood, then you’re going to want to download one of the useful plant identification apps listed below. These flower and plant identification apps not only provide you the name of the type of plant species you are gazing at, but also specific information such as tips for growing, watering, and fertilizing. From trees to moss to flowers to plants, there’s an app for that! Here at Springfield’s best flower shop, Durocher Florist, we’ve done the job for you and listed the best plant ID apps you should download onto your smartphone stat.
Top Reviewed Plant Identification Apps
PlantNet is an application that helps you identify plants or flowers by submitting pictures or taking a photo of them with your smartphone. Identifying flowering plants, trees, grasses, ferns, vines, cacti, and conifers, this app uses visual recognition software to examine photos from your phone and present matches. This is a free app that “learns” from each new photo uploaded. Plus, all of the photos of plants are collected and analyzed by a team of experts so they can improve existing knowledge of plant biodiversity and preservation solutions.
PictureThis uses AI technology to identify plants and flowers and is well-reviewed for its ease of use and accuracy. Simply snap a photo and within moments the app determines the type of plant or flower it is. The developers claim 99% accuracy and over 27 million photos of plants identified. PictureThis is a fee-based subscription service but offers a 7-day free trial.
What’s That Flower?
An alternative to relying on photo uploads, this is an app which presents matches based on answers to a few questions about the flower you’re searching for such as the color, habitat, number of petals, etc. What’s That Flower is a nice option for figuring out what a plant or flower is that you don’t have a photo of, but perhaps just a memory of. This app has over 600 flowers in its database and is free to use. There’s also an ad-free version with additional features available for a small fee.
LeafSnap is a free mobile app that identifies tree species from photos of their leaves. It’s a well-reviewed app and features beautiful, high-resolution images of leaves, fruit, flowers, seeds, bark, and more. Currently, LeafSnap includes trees of the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, but will soon include trees of the whole continental U.S.
Additional Identifier Apps Worth Mentioning
- FlowerChecker – Instead of computer algorithms, a team of botanists examine your photo and send back an identification.
- Plantix – Popular with farmers and gardeners, this app IDs plants, plant diseases, and numerous other plant problems.
- iNaturalist – For nature lovers who want more than plants and flowers identified, this app can also ID insects, animals, and butterflies.
With too many to name, there are many free wildflower apps for nearly every region of North America. With all these cool apps, it’s time to venture out and start snapping!