Plant Finder

The Plants Map Plant Finder search tool launched on August 18, 2018. 

The plant finder tool is an enhanced search page to find plant profiles based on the search criteria and filters that you choose. The purpose of the plant finder is to allow visitors and users the ability to discover the best plant profiles based on their interests and to provide core plants that users can add to their own profile to begin a plant list.

To deliver the best plant results we have set some basic plant story profile requirements of information to be completed:

  • Photos – should be original and taken by the user.
  • Story – should be unique and written by the user.
  • Botanical name – correctly completed on the growing details tab.

Additionally, the more ‘complete’ and authentic a plant story profile the higher it will show in the plant finder results. Learn more about Adding Plants.

How to begin your Plant Finder search

Click on the Plant Finder button to launch the Plant Finder page

There are two ways to begin: 1) Search by name or description or 2) Use the filters only for a broader search by purpose, growing preferences and attributes.

Search by name or description

  • By name: This will search for matches in the botanical name, common name or trade name fields of plants. The more complete you enter the name, the more exact the match.
  • By description: This will allow you to search for keywords, terms or phrases within a plant story such as cut flowers, great in containers, long bloom season, etc.
  • Further refine your search results by using the filters for purpose, category, growing preferences, etc.

Search by filters only

Filters will include: purpose, botanical name, category, classification, growing preferences, characteristics such as size, flower color, and other attributes.

The purpose filters will include:

  • Plants to visit: These will be plants from only organization profiles that have indicated in their profile that they are a public landscape.
    • Result Tip: Only organization profile plants render when “public landscape” is chosen on their profile settings AND the basic plant story profile requirements plus a map pin location. 
  • Plants of interest: These plants will have the most unique and authentic stories provided by the users.
    • Result Tip: These plants will have the basic plant story profile requirements as well as a higher number of completed fields in the plant details, growing details, and notes tabs. Additionally, plants that get more ‘likes’ will also receive a higher rank as approved by the website team.    
  • Plants to buy: these plants will be from members of our Resource section that have added the Buy It plant tab to their plant profiles. The basic plant story profile requirements must also be met. 
  • Core Plantsplants with basic ‘starter’ information that users can add to their own profile to begin a plant list. 

Core Plants

Among the results you will see Core Plants represented with a Plants Map logo. These core plants will be ones that you can add to your own profile with basic plant and growing details provided. You will be able to modify the plant with your own photos, story, notes, and owner details which is highly encouraged.


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