Hi, my name is Rachel and I love to identify plants and flowers! I live in Ohio, so if you see a plant in the mid-west, comment here and I’ll try to identify it. If you live somewhere else, I’ll give it my best shot.
There are some key things you need to know to identify a wildflower:
- Opposite or Alternate leaves: This is really key! A plant has one or the other. Ok sometimes they are “whorled”, but usually they are either opposite or alternate. If the arrangement of the stems is alternate, all the leaves will be too – a plant never mixes alternate and opposite.
- Flower shape: Is it symmetrical like a daisy? Or unusual like a violet or orchid?
- Flower color. Flowers come in every color! Sometimes even brown or green!
- Leaf shape: Long? round? kidney shaped? divided like a fern? hand shaped?
- Leaf edges: toothed? smooth?
There are a few other things to consider (like “what month did you see the flower”), but if you know these, it will really narrow down the possibilities, and make identifying the plant simple!
And that’s what IDENTIFLORA will be. I’m working on the app right now. In the meantime, feel free to ask me if you want to ID a plant.