The Best Apps for Plant Identification
Most of the time, if you want to look up a certain plant, you just google it and go to town. But for a more systematic approach or for serious plant-lovers, you might need something a bit more digital. These picks below are some the best ways to find out what plant is growing on the side of a trail, your road, or in your backyard. Obviously, it helps out when perusing through a nursery as well!
PICTURE THIS (App Store and Android)
Similar to the PlantSnap app below, PictureThis uses AI and captures features of the plants to easily identify. I have this app and use it on multiple occasions, I would say it guesses right 7 out of 10 times, and if they don’t guess it right a community is there to help out! And if the AI experience isn’t enough for you, they also hand pick beautiful phone wallpapers for you daily!
4.6 star rating | Free
PLANTSNAP (App Store and Android)
PlantSnap claims to be the most high-tech, comprehensive and accurate plant identification app ever created. Now, I can't really argue with this because I think it deserves a top spot on my list with its AI magic. It's super user-friendly and I also love their website, their marketing message of "we want to recreate the connection between people and the amazing natural world around us" got me all heart-eyed over here.
4.3 star rating | $2.99
FLOWER CHECKER, PLANT IDENTIFY (App Store and Android)
Claiming to be run by botanist experts, you can simply snap a photo of an unknown plant (or moss, fungi or lichen!) and have it identified by the team of human experts. Something unique about this app is that you pay by identification. In other words, you snap a pic-the team identifies the plant-you pay. You snap a pic-the team can't identify it-you don't pay! So if you enjoy supporting fellow plant aficionados, this app may be for you!
3.9 star rating | $0.99
GARDEN ANSWERS PLANT IDENTIFICATION (App Store and Android)
Garden Answers app is a fairly revolutionary plant identification app in my opinion, it can identify up to 20,000 plants! That’s a pretty impressive number in my book. An extra feature that I found to be very useful is that it can also identify pests and diseases, which is extremely helpful when you start noticing little holes or white spots on your beloved plants.
3.8 star rating | Free
PLANTNET PLANT IDENTIFICATION
This app works by collecting data from a community of users, so the more users that join or contribute, the better the app becomes essentially. It features a visualization software that recognizes many plant species provided. In all transparency here, I have not used this app, but it's free and has a fairly ok review. Give it a go if you want to try something new!
2.9 star rating | Free
LEAFSNAP (App Store ONLY)
Leafsnap is a scholarly-style app, being developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution! Yep, those three, so you know it’s legit. It uses visual recognition software to help identify tree species from photographs of their leaves. It even works on bark, seeds, flowers, plants, and fruits.
2.5 star rating | Free
PLANTIFIER (App Store and Android)
Plantifier is a crowd-sourced app that uses its community to help you identify plants. You just simply snap a photo of the mystery plant, upload it so others may see it and suggestions start rolling in. A positive ID may come into play, but if not, the app relies heavily on its users. I put this lower on my list because it seems a bit hit-or-miss, sometimes it will guess it then other times, nada. But to be fair, there are a million plants in the world, your technology has to be fairly spot on to compete with more-sophisticated apps.
2.3 star rating | Free