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The North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox contains detailed descriptions and photographs of 4,661 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

First, explore the toolbox on a computer to learn how to navigate and use the search features.

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) plant database users, and focus groups.  Based on themes gathered from this data we have created an innovative tool for gardeners, MGVs, extension staff, landscape professionals, university staff, and students. The primary goal of the plant database is to help people 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.  VIDEO INTRODUCTION TO THE TOOLBOX -  Learn about all the features and how to quickly get the answers you need.

Sample plant ID projectTo learn more about Plant Identification take one of the 6-week, asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit courses we offer in partnership with world-renowned Longwood Gardens.

Understanding Plants
*  Annuals, Perennials, Vines, and Groundcovers
*  Houseplants, Succulents, and Cacti
Trees, Shrubs and Conifers
 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Nuts

Disclaimer: The list of poisonous plants on this web site does
not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known, or that might
be found in an urban landscape or home. North Carolina State University
does not advise eating any of the plants included in this web site. The
information concerning edibility is taken from the literature, and the
degree of reliability is unknown. We discourage the use of any of these
plants for self-medication. In cases of accidental exposure or ingestion,
contact the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.

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