Identifying Plants

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a lot of plant information and photos if you are searching to identify a particular plant, although I'm not sure how you would go about finding it if you don't know its name!


The Plants Database at Dave's Garden nice big type, very nice thumbnails and large photos. Not as extensive listings as above two but there is an Identification Forum where you can post a photo of the plant you are trying to identify.

Wildflower Database at a database of wildflowers, with photos. Users can search for a flower by name, family, or other criteria. The site also include a unique identification tool that allows you to enter a few features of a flower you've seen (like color, height, leaf type, shape, etc.), and retrieve a list of flowers that match those criteria.


  The Botanical Garden Volume II - Annuals and Perennials - Roger Phillips, Martyn Rix - 2002

Over 4,000 color photos of leaves, bracts, blossoms, rhizomes, and root structures with scientific names, description, locale and cultivation information. Text is scientific. Common names not given for many of the plants.

more info: The Botanical Garden: Perennials and...

Botanical Illustration in Watercolor   Botanical Illustration in Watercolor - Eleanor B. Wunderlich - 1996

more info:  Botanical Illustration in Watercolor

  The Botany Coloring Book - Paul G. Young, Jacquelyn Giuffre (Illustrator) - 1982

more info:  The Botany Coloring Book

Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants...   Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (And Not So Wild Places) - Steve Brill, Evelyn Dean - 1994

more info:  USA:  Identifying and Harvesting Edible and...

Europe:  Identifying and Harvesting Edible and...

How to Draw Plants   How to Draw Plants : The Techniques of Botanical Illustration - Keith R. West - 1996

more info:  How to Draw Plants : The Techniques of...

Just Weeds   Just Weeds : History, Myths, and Uses - Pamela Jones - 1991

nice, large color illustrations, interesting and helpful text

Back Cover:
     To Pamela Jones, the wild plants we call weeds–far from being the scourges of the garden–are among nature's most generous, useful gifts, and in this book, she conveys not only her knowledge of them but her affection as well.
     Just Weeds covers 30 of the most common wild plants of North America: their botanical and everyday names, recognizable features, habitat, history, myths and practical applications–medicinal, culinary and cosmetic.
     "I hope to lure you in these pages on a journey of discovery among some of nature's most extraordinary survivors and heroes. My objective is simple: to turn your resentment and contempt for weeds into curiosity." from the Introduction to Just Weeds

Sunset Western Garden   Western Garden Book, 2001 Edition - Kathleen Norris Brenzel - 2001

more info:  USA:  Western Garden Book, 2001 Edition

Europe:  Western Garden Book

Although this book is written specifically for the western US, the information is helpful worldwide