With the snap of a photo on your smartphone, you can immediately identify any plant, flower, or tree that catches your eye. Plant identifier apps available today make you feel like you have your own personal botanist in your pocket. Just point and click and within seconds receive an identification as well as detailed information about the plant or flower you’re looking at. Here at Charlotte’s best florists, The Blossom Shop, we’ve collected a list of some of the best-reviewed and popular plant and flower ID apps for your enjoyment. You will probably want to download more than just one!
Seven Top-Rated Plant & Flower Identification Apps
PlantNet is an app that helps you identify plants or flowers just by photographing them with your smartphone. From flowering plants to trees, grasses, ferns, vines, cacti, and conifers, this app uses visual recognition software to scan photos from your phone and provide matches. This is a free app that “learns” from every new photo that is uploaded into it. Plus, all of the plants submitted are collected and analyzed by a team of experts to get a better understanding of plant biodiversity and preservation solutions.
PictureThis is an application that uses AI technology to identify plants and flowers and is well-reviewed for its accuracy and ease of use. Just snap a photo and within moments the app will determine the type of plant or flower. The developers claim 99% accuracy and over 27 million plants identified through user submissions. PictureThis is a paid subscription service but offers a 7-day free trial.
What’s That Flower?
Instead of relying on photo uploads, this app presents matches based on answers to questions you enter such as the color, habitat, number of petals, etc. What’s That Flower is a nice alternative for figuring out what a plant or flower is that you don’t have a photo of, perhaps one from memory you’ve always wanted to know about. This app can over 600 flowers in its database and is free to use. There is also an ad-free pro version with additional features available for a small fee.
A free mobile app that identifies tree species from photos of their leaves. It’s a well-reviewed app and stands out due to its beautiful, high-resolution images of leaves, fruit, flowers, seeds, bark, and more. LeafSnap includes trees of the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, but will soon include trees of the whole continental U.S.
A Few More Awesome Plant ID Apps
- FlowerChecker – Instead of a computer, a team of expert botanists examine your photo and send back an identification.
- Plantix – Popular with gardeners and farmers, this app identifies plants, plant diseases, and various other plant problems.
- iNaturalist – For those who want insects, animals, and butterflies identified in addition to flowers, trees, and plants, this is the app to use.
With too many to mention, there are numerous free wildflower apps for nearly every region of North America. With all these cool apps, it’s time to go forth and start snapping!