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The North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox contains detailed descriptions and photographs of 3,366 plants that grow in and around North Carolina.

Woodland azalea and flower garden in Raleigh, North Carolina

Here are some tips to get you started

Search by scientific or common name:

If the navigation menu is not visible, click Image of 'expand search' menu button. above to expand.

Use Find a Plant to select the perfect plant for a specific location.

Use Identify a Plant to determine the name of a plant based on leaf and flower characteristics.

Looking for help?

Have a look at the Help page to get tips on using the Plant Toolbox, and be sure to check the Glossary for plant identification terms.

Monarch butterfly on echinacea  flowers

We are diligently working to populate all the data in this new plant database.  Please be patient with us as not all features will be fully functional and accurate until this work is complete. 

The NC State Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox is based on evaluation of plant databases around the world, surveys of Extension agents, Extension Master Gardener volunteers (EMGVs) and plant database users, and focus groups.  Based on themes gathered from this data we have created an innovative tool for gardeners, EMGVs, extension staff, landscape professionals, university staff, and students. The primary goal of the plant database is to help consumers select plants that will bring them joy, provide a valuable function in their landscape, and thrive where planted. Users are encouraged to consider year-round functionality and potential disease and insect problems as part of their selection process.