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What's this plant? Digital tools to easily identify plants in your garden
Plant identifying apps


Identifying plants can be a challenging task for those without extensive botanical knowledge. However, the constant rise in technology has made identifying plants easier for gardeners and enthusiasts than ever before. Several digital tools are now available that allow gardeners to identify plants in their gardens. These tools range from simple photo-recognition software to more complex AI-powered apps which are easy to use and accessible to anyone with a smartphone. 

How do the apps work? 

Plant identification apps use a combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning algorithms and image recognition technology to accurately match the plant in question to its species. The apps typically have a database of thousands of species, allowing users to quickly identify plants based on images of leaves, flowers, fruits or the whole plant. 

This article will take a closer look at some of the most popular and effective digital tools for identifying plants.

1. PictureThis

PictureThis is a widely-used plant identification app that uses AI to identify over 10,000 species. It is available for Android and iOS, and offers a 7-day free trial to new users as an introductory offer. The app's user-friendly interface makes it easy for users to take photos of the plant in question and receive a list of possible matches within seconds. PictureThis also provides detailed information about each plant, including its common name, scientific name, and growing conditions. 

2. Pl@ntNet

Pl@ntNet is an open-source plant identification app that allows users to identify plants based on photos. The app's database includes species from around the world and uses machine learning algorithms to match the plant in the image with a species in the database. Pl@ntNet is available in multiple languages and provides a wealth of information on each plant, including its distribution, growth habits, and flowers, making it an invaluable resource for gardeners and plant enthusiasts.

3. Flora Incognita

Flora Incognita is another AI-powered plant identification app available for Android and iOS. The app uses image recognition technology to match the plant in question with a species in its database. Flora Incognita can help you to identify more than 4800 plant species and to save your findings. The app provides valuable facts, including characteristics, protection status and distribution. For those who prefer their apps ad-free, Flora Incognita is free of charge or any advertising. 

4. Google Lens

Using a smartphone camera, Google Lens is a versatile tool that can identify objects and plants. The app is integrated into the Google Photos app and can be accessed by pointing the camera at the plant in question. Google Lens provides a list of possible matches and additional information on each plant. Google Lens is a great tool for those who prefer a simple and straightforward approach to plant identification.

5. Leafsnap

Leafsnap is a plant identification app specifically designed to identify plants based on images of leaves. The app uses an extensive database of high-resolution images of leaves to match the leaf in the photo with a species in its database. Leafsnap is available for both Android and iOS, and is free to use. It is high-tech with comprehensive and accurate plant identification. Leafsnap is an excellent tool for those particularly interested in identifying leaves and has a handy tracker to help you manage reminders easily. 

A bonus to identifying plants in your garden is that it will bring you one step closer to achieving the space you truly want. You can then forge forward with the look and feel you want for your garden space. 

Take bedding plants, for example. Did you know that begonias, pansies, and fuchsias prefer shaded areas, whereas marigolds, petunias and geraniums thrive in sunny areas? Bedding plants also do well in winter, but not all varieties do well in the chill. Pansies are pretty hardy, can handle a light frost and come in a vast range of colours to brighten up any garden. 

So, we've learnt that identifying plants has become easier than ever. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting, these apps are a great way to quickly and easily identify plants in your garden. They provide detailed information on each plant, making it easy to learn more about the species and provide information on how to care for them. With the ability to quickly and easily identify plants, gardening has become more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

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