What is Calflora?
Calflora is 1. a website you can use to learn about
plants that grow wild in California (both native plants and weeds); and
2. a nonprofit organization responsible for the website.
Calflora is run by two paid staff members and a few volunteers.
Information in Calflora comes from many sources: public agencies, non-profits, scientists, private donors, and you!
Find Out About a Plant
You can enter the common or scientific name of a plant to find out about it. You can even use our new name wizard to just enter part of a name and have the wizard make suggestions. The result is an illustrated table of plants that match the name you entered. Click one of the plants in the table to learn a lot of detail about that plant, in particular, where it's been observed in California.
Try it out!
Find Out What Plants Grow in a Place
You can also enter a place and get an illustrated list of
the plants that grow there. We call that
What Grows Here?
You define "here" by zip code, place name, or any of a number of other ways. You refine "here" by zooming in and out of a map. Then click "Search for Plants" to get an illustrated list of plants known to grow "here."
Try it out!
Learn More about Calflora
There's a lot more to Calflora than these basic tools --
you can learn about Calflora's more advanced features
at the top of this page,
where you will find
links to the many kinds of more advanced questions you can ask
about California plants.
It also describes how you can add the plants you observe to Calflora,
to map and share with others.
If you use Calflora for a while, we ask you to
It helps us measure use, improve your experience of Calflora, and it helps us when we ask foundations for support. Registering is free if you're an amateur or volunteer. If you use Calflora for paid work, we ask that you subscribe at the rate your budget can afford, from $0 to $150 a year: the amount is up to you.
If you register as a contributor, you can take part in a whole
other level of Calflora, which includes contributing observations,
commenting on other's observations, participating in groups, etc.
We're eager to answer any questions you have about any part of Calflora.
Write to us and you'll typically get a response in a few hours.
We'd also love to hear your ideas for making Calflora more useful to you.