Using Plant Search
- When “Plant Names” is checked, the program will search the family, genus, species, cultivar and common name fields
- If the word prairie is keyed in, the program will find every plant that has prairie as part of its name.
- If you know the plant was an ornamental grass than click “Advanced”, in the choices click “Ornamental Grass “.
- This narrows the search to only ornamental grass, eliminating a lot of plants.
- When “Text” is checked, the program will search all other fields for the word keyed in.
- This search is good for finding botanical terms such as stolon, serrated, petiole, etc. or plants with specific characteristics.
- If looking for a burgundy colored leafy shrub, key in burgundy, click on “advanced “and “Deciduous Shrubs”.
- Narrows the search to only shrubs with leaves, eliminating a lot of plants.
Alternative names, Synonym (syn)
- There is no individual field for alternative names and synonyms
- Check “text” and key in the word
- An example of a synonym is Asters. Many are now Symphyotrichum.
- Check spelling
- Check spacing, extra spaces throw off search
- Use only 1 or 2 words