My Plant Finder Result Tips
My Plant Finder is an interactive, customized search for individuals, organizations, and resource profiles on Plantsmap.com using My Plants Map, our digital plant collection documentation tool.
My Plant Finder is similar to the site-wide Plant Finder, but with the ability to use the same search criteria only within your own My Plants Map plant library.
My Plant Finder is available to paid Plus, Premium, and Resource Subscription Tier level profiles.
In addition to the Plant Finder filters, My Plant Finder will also include owner information filters such as plants with or without photos or map locations, alive or dead status, plants within a family or genus, and plants by collections.
Watch our recorded webinar on how the My Plant Finder tool works for individuals, public landscapes, resource profiles with buy it plants and more.
My Plant Finder Visibility
Visible to the profile owner only: In your profile edit settings, you can choose to make the My Plant Finder search tool visible to only you as the owner of an individual profile or visible to the owner and admins of an organization profile. Visitors to your profile will still see your plants with the option of a photo grid or table list view, but the search tool will not be visible to them. To choose this option, turn off the My Plant Finder visibility.
Visible to profile owner and visitors: The other option is to keep the My Plant Finder visibility “on” which allows the owner and anyone that visits their profile to use the My Plant Finder tool to search their plants. This will be especially useful for public landscapes that want to engage visitors by creating their own list of plants to visit based on their search criteria. A sign in is not required for visitors to use this feature on your profile.
The My Plant Finder visibility may be turned on and off if you only want to use the tool for a period of time, such as a garden tour or other public event.
To view the My Plant Finder tool on public landscape profiles visit one of the profile below and choose to view more of the plants:
- Cossey Park Botanical Garden
- Look-Up, Virginia! Utility Friendly Trees
- Southern Adventist University Arboretum
My Plant Finder Result Tips
- The best search results will be derived based on the plant information that has been completed by you on your plant pages.
- The title is the only required field to save a plant. However, the My Plant Finder results are based on fields completed by you in the plant details and growing details tabs.
- A detailed look at adding or editing a plant page can be seen here: How to Add Plants.
- More information on the plant page fields can be seen here: Plant Profile Fields.
- If you are Plus, Premium or Resource subscription tier profile you have the ability to adopt Core Plants into your profile with starter information and fields completed.
- Use Collections to group plants into categories of your choice.
- Family and Genus fields should match the taxonomic scientific name for those fields and not common names. Rose Example – Family: Rosaceae, Genus: Rosa.
- Botanical Name, Family, Genus, Species information should be based on adopted scientific taxonomy and classification of that plant. There are many sources online to find this information. We recommend using Kew Science: www.plantsoftheworldonline.org as your primary source to verify a family, genus or species. Other sources include Wikipedia, USDA Plants, the International Index of Plant Names.
- Plants Map may review and update fields for Botanical Name, Common Name, Trade Name, Family, Genus, and Species to maintain current and correct information and for the integrity of the site-wide Plant Finder results.