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How to use your phone to Identify spring flowers

How to use your phone to identify spring flowers


Spring is fully and finally here, which means that flowers are blooming across the country. From parks to botanical gardens to neighborhood lawns, every region in the United States has its own diverse range of plants.

If you are interested in starting your own flower patch, or are just curious to know a bit more on the subject, your smartphone is a great place to start. There are a number of available apps to help you identify and learn more about the flowers you see in your community.

1. Botany Buddy
For anyone who's truly serious about identifying flowers and other plants, Botany Buddy may be the best option, as The Dirt Farmer highlighted. With this iOS app, you can search for plants by leaf type, flower color, shape, growth habit, size, bloom time and more. The app offers insight on more than 2,000 plants, ranging from trees to shrubs to tropical flowers. These entries all include color photos, and users can add and share images as well as offer comments on others' photos.

At $9.99, Botany Buddy is a bit expensive for the casual flower enthusiast. However, if you are serious about identifying flowers, either as a professional or amateur, there aren't too many better options.

2. LeafSnap
Another option, highlighted by the Mother Nature Network, is LeafSnap. A free iOS app, LeafSnap was developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute. This app uses visual recognition software to help users identify plants in their photographs. In addition to leaves, LeafSnap can be used to identify flowers, seeds, fruits and bark, the source noted.

However, LeafSnap is currently limited to plants native to the Northeast, meaning this app will not be the best choice for everyone.

3. GSM Wildflowers
Another region-specific, iOS app, GSM Wildflowers helps users identify and learn more about wildflowers native to the Great Smoky Mountains. This app includes information on 178 wildflowers in this region, as well as a number of shrubs and vines. Every entry includes images and detailed physical descriptions. Considering its specific geographic scope and $2.99 price, this app is great for anyone living in or visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, but not ideal for most.

4. Flower Pedia
Another iOS app, Flower Pedia is, as the name suggests, an encyclopedia dedicated to flowers, The Dirt Farmer noted. This app, which costs $4.99, offers thousands of photographs of a huge range of flowers, all of which are arranged by family, genus and even user rating. The app also includes an "identify" feature to help users figure out what flowers they have seen in person. The latest version, 2.0, includes community capabilities and improved search functions, to improve your ability to identify and discuss flowers.

5. Audubon Wildflowers: A Field Guide to North American Wildflowers
A $3.99 app, Audubon Wildflowers: A Field Guide to North American Wildflowers is available for both iOS and Android. This guide offers information about flowers from across the country, ranging from common garden varieties to unusual wild plants. The app includes advanced search features and large number of maps, making it easy to find specific flowers. You can also create lists and photo albums of flowers you've seen.

As you set out to use these apps, you should make sure that your phones are protected. The last thing you want is to take out your phone to photograph a flower, only to drop the gadget and see it shatter on the ground. If that happens, though, the tragedy is minimized if you have ProtectCELL mobile phone insurance in place. These plans cover your device in case of theft, loss or destruction.

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