How to use the Plant Toolbox
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How to Use the Plant Toolbox
- You can use the search box to find plants.
- Search results are displayed as you type.
- You can click on a plant or a tag to see your results.
Find a Plant
- This is the tool you use to find a plant that suits your needs.
- By choosing from the filters, you can narrow the results until you have exactly the plant you're looking for.
Identify a Plant
- This is the tool to use if you have a plant, but you want to know what it is.
- You use the filters to pick attributes your plant has, and the results are plants that have those characteristics.
- Toward the top of the results page, you will see which filters you have chosen:
- You can click the to un-select that filter.
- You can also find plant using tags.
- Here are some tags
- If you click on one, you will be shown all the plants that have that tag.
- For example, clicking on the #butterflies tag shows all the plants that are tagged #butterflies.
- You can click the to un-select that tag.
Scientific / Common name
- You can choose to display your results by scientific or common name by using this switch
- If you are on a mobile device (phone or tablet), clicking this icon will expand the menus so you can see them.
Looking for an extensive glossary? See the NC Extension Gardener Handbook Glossary
|Appendage||A part of a plant that is a modification of a stem, root. or leaf.|
|Attracts||What beneficial insects or birds the plant attracts.|
|Available Space To Plant||Measured in feet, the allotted space in a landscape in which to place a plant.|
|Bark Attachment||The appearance of bark and how tight or loose it is to the trunks of woody plants.|
|Bark Color||The color of the outer bark of a woody plant.|
|Bark Plate Shape||The shape of flat sections of bark separated by furrows.|
|Design Feature||The design function of a plant in the landscape.|
|Flower Bloom Time||The season in which flowers are in bloom.|
|Flower Color||The primary color (or colors) of the petals, or sometimes other structures like sepals, tepals, or reproductive organs of the flowers.|
A grouping or cluster of flowers on a stem in various formations.
|Flower Petals||The number of individual petals on a single flower.|
|Flower Shape||The form and anatomy of the individual blooms on a plant.|
|Flower Size||How large the individual blossoms are in inches.|
|Flower Value To Gardener||The positive characteristics the flowers of a plant bring to the gardener.|
|Fruit Color||The color the fruit appears at maturity.|
|Fruit Display Harvest Time||The time of the year when fruits would be showy and/or when they would be ready to harvest.|
|Fruit Length||The average length of the fruiting body in inches.|
|Fruit Type||The structure developed from a ripened ovary, or ovaries, of a plant.|
|Fruit Value To Gardener||The positive characteristics the fruits of a plant bring to the gardener.|
|Fruit Width||The average width of the fruiting body in inches.|
|Growth Rate||How fast a plant grows. This is a factor of light, nutrients, water, and temperature.|
|Habit||Shape, form, and appearance of a plant.|
|Landscape Location||Places in the landscape that might be influenced by different environmental factors.|
|Landscape Theme||Gardens defined by a particular geographical style, certain identifiable plant characteristics, or color palette.|
|Leaf Arrangement||How leaves are positioned on the stems of plants.|
|Leaf Characteristics||What type and how long leaves stay on a plant.|
|Leaf Color||The color or colors of the blades of the leaves during the growing season.|
|Leaf Fall Color||The color the leaves turn in autumn. Not all plants have a change of color with the seasons.|
|Leaf Feel||How the leaf feels to the touch.|
|Leaf Hairs Present||If there are hairs on any surface of the leaf.|
|Leaf Length||The average length of the blade of the leaf in inches.|
|Leaf Margin||The shape of the edge of the leaf blade.|
The varying shapes of individual leaf blades.
|Leaf Type||The form and number of leaf blades which differ greatly among plants.|
|Leaf Value To Gardener||The positive characteristics leaves of a plant bring to the gardener.|
|Leaf Width||The average width of the blade of the leaf in inches.|
|Light||The amount of sunlight required for optimum plant health.|
|Maintenance||The amount of activity required to keep a plant in top condition.|
|Nc Region||North Carolina is divided into three regions Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal, different plants thrive in these different regions.|
|Plant Type||There are many different types of plants and some plants can be categorized by more than one type.|
|Problems||Factors to consider when choosing a plant that may cause issues in the landscape depending on location and use.|
|Resistance To Challenges||Concerns in the landscape and the environment to which a plant is particularly resistant to.|
|Soil Drainage||How well water drains out of soil after a reasonable amount of time.|
|Soil Ph||A measure of acidity or alkalinity in the soil that is optimum for plant growth.|
|Soil Texture||The type of soil(s) that provide optimum growing conditions for the plant.|
|Stem Color||The color of the stems and twigs of a plant.|
|Texture||The perceived surface quality of the plant compared to other surrounding plants.|
|USDA Zone||A geographically-defined zone which tells which plants are capable of growing defined by the plants' ability to withstand the zone's minimum temperatures.|