I don’t know how many times someone has sent me a picture and asked me to identify their “mystery plant”. Countless times! There’s now a solution… at least for anyone who owns a smartphone.
(It was brought to my attention that this app was really made to identify plants from Western Europe. I didn’t realize that at the time of writing this. Here is another app that should work better for US folks.)
PlantNet allows you to upload a picture you’ve taken with your phone and it will find the closest match from its database of over 100,000 images from more than 4,000 species!
The app was developed by four French scientists and uses a visual recognition software to accomplish the identifications.
Below is a video of the app in action as well as a little story about it…
If you’re looking for more handy apps for gardeners, you should check out another post I did called 17 Must Have Apps for Gardeners.