logo Calflora Advanced Search for Plants Help
Advanced Search for Plants is a web application which offers a wide range of criteria in selecting the plants that Calflora covers.
BASIC USE
Choose some criteria, and press . A list of matching plants will appear.

By default, results appear as a simple list. To see photos, choose Format = photo.

Once you have some results showing, click on Search to close the search panel. After doing this, most of the window will be devoted to showing the results.

SEARCH CRITERIA

QUALITIES

Status
native, non-native, rare (according to CNPS), Cal-IPC listed (invasive)

Duration
Annual, Perennial, Biennial

Lifeform
Grass-like, Herb, Shrub, Tree, Vine, Fern

Category
monocot, dicot, gymnosperm, pteridophyte

Bloom month
e.g. February, for plants likely to be blooming in February

Associated with
any beneficial (insect or non-insect pollinator)
any pest (insect or pathogen)
any bee
native bees
honey bees
butterflies

Low water tolerant

Shade tolerant

Commercially available (according to CNPLX)


PLANT NAMES

Scientific Name
Typeahead enabled. Enter a full scientific name or just the genus.

Common Name
Typeahead enabled. Enter part of a common name.

Family
Full family name. For instance Ericaceae.

Plant List
Choose an existing general purpose list, or define your own special purpose list.


SOIL

Soil Depth ≤
Find plants that can tolerate a soil depth less than or equal to the stated depth, in centimeters.

pH
Find plants that can tolerate the stated pH.

Salinity ≥
Find plants that can tolerate a salinity greater than or equal to the stated salinity, in mmhos / centimeter.

CaCO3 ≥
Find plants that can tolerate a calcium carbonate equivalent percentage greater than or equal to the stated percentage.


CLIMATE

Elevation
Find plants that can grow at the stated elevation, in meters.

Annual Precipitation
Find plants that can tolerate the stated annual precipitation, in inches.

Wet Season
Find plants that can tolerate the stated wet season, in months.

Temperature Range ≥
Find plants that can tolerate a temperature range greater than or equal to the stated range, in degrees Fahrenheit.

December Low
Find plants that can tolerate the stated December low temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit.

July High
Find plants that can tolerate the stated July high temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit.

Hardiness Zone
Find plants that can grow in the chosen USDA Hardiness Zone.


ETC

Active Record
YES: Plant names which are active in the Calflora Database.

TJM2
YES: Plant names which are accepted in the Jepson Manual, second edition, 2012.

USDA PLANTS
YES: Plant names which are accepted by USDA PLANTS.

CNPS
YES: Plant names which are accepted in the CNPS Inventory of rare plants.

Cal-IPC
YES: Plants considered invasive by the California Invasive Plant Council.

Two photos?
YES: Two or more reference photos from CalPhotos are utilized on a Calflora Taxon Report page. This is useful for finding which plants are under-documented (or not documented at all) on CalPhotos.

Photographer
Find plants where the Calflora Taxon Report page utilizes a photo from this photographer, as a reference photo.

Serpentine Affinity
Find plants which have an affinity to serpentine soil (Safford et al. 2005).

California Endemic
Find plants which only grow in California.

SEARCH

Format
How the results are presented.

simple One plant on each line. Click on the scientific name to see the Calflora Taxon Report for this plant.
photo An expanded, illustrated plant list format, with plant attributes, two or three photos, and the bloom time icon. Click on the scientific name to see the Calflora Taxon Report for this plant.
text The results in tab delimited format, suitable for copying into a spreadsheet. (Into Excell, use 'Paste / Special'.)

Order by
How the results are sorted -- Scientific Name, Lifeform, or Bloom start month

Group by
How the results are grouped, e.g. by FAMILY. When Format is simple, the table of results shows an extra line whenever the value of the group field changes.

OTHER APPLICATIONS

What Grows Here?
Find plants that grow in a certain area.

What Grows Here? Wizard
Find a location in California.

Observation Hotline
Find individual observation records.

Example Searches
  • Commercially available, low water tolerant native grasses

  • Plants considered rare by the CNPS Inventory, with reference photos by Keir Morse

  • RELEASE NOTES:

    v. 0.73 August, 2015

  • It is now possible to specify Duration separately from Lifeform.

  • Lifeform: "Grass-like" is now treated as a separate lifeform from "Herb". "Grass-like" includes plants from these three families: Poaceae (except bamboo, which is a shrub), Juncaceae, and Cyperaceae.

  • There are three new selection criteria in the QUALITIES section: Commercially available (based on information from CNPLX), shade tolerant, and low water tolerant.