You can search for wildflowers by location, color, number of petals,
habitat and time of observation. Your search can use any combination
of these criteria. Use the search menus on the left to set the search
First Step -- Set the Location
The first thing you should do is set the location. If you don't set the
location the program will show you cactus in Seattle and strawberries in
Death Valley. The easiest way to set the location is to use the Google map
to the left. You can zoom with the "+" and
"-" controls and drag the map with the mouse. When you find the location
where the flowers were observed use a single mouse click to set the location.
If your location is a national park or common tourist destination you may
find the location by pressing the Parks and Trails button.
Although the program shows fairly precise locations, plant selection
is done with a resolution of around 35 miles.
Second Step -- Set the Time of Year
Often, plants are observed because of their flowers. In this case you are setting
the time you saw the plant flowering. To set the time that you observed the plant
use the Observation Time button. This will show you a calendar allowing you to select the
week of observation. If you have just seen the plant you can select "Now" to see
plants that are blooming now.
Last Step -- Set Category, Petals, Color or Leaf Arrangement
After the first two steps you will see pictures of flowers. When you
find a picture that looks right, click on the photo. This will show
you links to where you can find more photos and information about that
The number of photos can be so large that it takes a long time to
view all of them. If you do not see the flower that you are looking for right
away, add additional search criteria.
The Category button lets you select between Wildflowers, Trees & Shrubs or
Non-Flowering Plants. The Flower Shape button lets you select flowers
with a certain number of petals. The Flower Color button shows you flower
colors restricting the search to flowers that can have a certain color.
The Leaf button allows
you to restrict the search to plants with certain leaf arrangements. The more search
criteria you add the more you will zero-in on the flower you are looking for.
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