logo Calflora Search for Plants Help
Search for Plants is the Calflora home page. From here, you can search for wild plants that grow in California by a variety of criteria. You can also look up plants through a family name index, a scientific name index, or a common name index. On the left hand side of the page, there are links to some other interesting Calflora web applications.
BASIC USE
Choose some criteria (such as native grasses that grow in San Diego County) and press . You will go to the Plant Search Results page, which shows a summary of each matching plant with photos. Click on the scientific name of a plant to see the Taxon Report (full details) about that plant.

SEARCH CRITERIA

plant name
Enter part of a scientific name, a common name, or a family name to find all of the matching plants.

NAME WIZARD
Open the NAME WIZARD, and type 3 or more characters into the Scientific Name field, and you will see a list of matching plant names. Choose one of the names, and it will appear in the plant name field. Similarly for Common Name.

county
Choose one or more counties. (To perform location based searches with more precision than just county, use What Grows Here?.)

duration
Annual, Perennial, Biennial

lifeform
Grass, Herb, Shrub, Tree, Vine, Fern
Check one or more than one. If you check Grass and Herb, both will be included in the results.

status
native, non-native, rare (CNPS), invasive (Cal-IPC),
with an affinity to serpentine soil (Safford et al. 2005)

community
Plant community

category
monocot, dicot, gymnosperm, pteridophyte

result format
Photos

No photos

Species names in plain text

Count
The total number of plants matching the selection criteria.

Count without parent records
The total number of plants matching the selection criteria, but without parent records. Use this result format for comparing biodiversity counts.

more . . .
Press this to see these additional criteria:

elevation below (meters)
Each plant has an elevation range. A plant will be included in the results if either the low end of its range is below the stated value, or the high end of its range is below the stated value.

elevation above (meters)
A plant will be included in the results if either the low end of its elevation range is above the stated value, or the high end of its range is above the stated value.

bloom month
For instance February, for plants likely to be blooming in February

Example Searches


Native ferns with an affinity to serpentine soil, Siskiyou County



Native herbs in the family FABACEAE (nitrogen fixing), San Luis Obispo County



Native shrubs in the Chaparral community likely to be blooming in March


Aristolochia californica, California pipevine
Judy and Barry Breckling
Other Plant Search Applications
What Grows Here? to search for plants based on precise locations (more precise than just county).

Advanced Search for Plants to search for plants by means of many more criteria other than location (for instance, plants associated with native bees).

RELEASE NOTES:

August, 2015

  • It is now possible to specify Duration separately from Lifeform, so for instance you can search for Annual Grass or Perennial Grass.

  • Lifeform: Grass is now treated as a separate lifeform from Herb. (Plants in the families Poaceae, Juncaceae, and Cyperaceae are considered to be grasses.)