Wondering if that volunteer plant in your garden is a weed or not? Curious about that gorgeous tree at the park? Need to know if you’re looking at some Virginia Creeper or Poison Sumac? I know there’s some of you who won’t rest until you know the exact name of the mystery plant you’ve just spotted. And while it’s so easy to jump on social media to ask, it’s often easier and quicker to use free apps for identifying plants.
Powered by AI and plant photography catalogs, these free apps can identify plants for you immediately! Take a picture of a plant using the app, and you’ll get detailed info on the spot. There are many such apps, and here a few reputable ones:
- Plant Net Plant Identification, for Android and iOS
- PictureThis Plant Identifier, for Android and iOS
- Leafsnap, for Android and iOS
Update: there are similar apps for identifying mushrooms, as well:
If you use other free apps for identifying plants, please drop me a line about them. I’ll test them out and add them to this post!