Calflora Logo Calflora provides information on wild California plants for conservation, education, and appreciation.
About Calflora

Species Information

Observation Library

Plant Name Library










SEARCH TIPS - how to use the Search for Plants page

The Calflora Database contains information on approximately 9,000 ferns, conifers and flowering plants known to be native or naturalized in the wild in California. Our species database also contains nearly 1,000 records for species-level plant names (so called "parent" records) where two or more subspecies occur in California, bringing the total number of taxon records to more than 10,000. Parent level records include characteristics from all "child" subspecies.

This basic search form allows you to search by family name, common name, scientific name, county, elevation range, growth form, native status, rarity status, plant community, and more.

(To search for plants by exact scientific name, use the Name Status page.)

To find a specific plant (or a list of plants) that match your criteria:

  • You do not need to fill in all fields on the search form. Filling in more fields will narrow your search and produce fewer results. Filling in fewer fields will broaden your search and produce more results. If your search becomes too narrow, or you fill in mutualy exclusive fields (i.e. Rare native plants that are noxious weeds) there will be no results.

  • If you wish to select more than one option from a list, hold down the ctrl (Win) or shift (Mac) button on your keyboard. Multiple selections with be "OR'ed" together in a non-exclusive search.

  • Look for links in the search results to pages with more information from Calflora and other sources.

  • To create a checklist of all plants matching your criteria, select characteristics other than plant name. Example: select "Marin county" and "ferns" to see a list of ferns that are known from the wild in Marin County. Select "Native plants", "perrenial plants" and "Redwood forest" to see the native perennial plants that might be suitable for growing under redwoods.

  • Calflora contains information on wild California plants. It does not contain information on all plants cultivated in California, only those that grow in the wild in California.

  • If you are having trouble getting a search to work, please contact us.

  • If you have a complex query that can not be performed on our web forms, such as
      What plants are common to both Alameda and Marin Counties, but absent from Contra Costa County?
    Please contact us with your detailed question and we will try to assist you.

  • You can get additional help accessing this information here: CONTACT