Plant Finder FAQ

The Plants Map Plant Finder search tool launched on August 18, 2018. 

The plant finder tool is an enhanced search page to find plant profiles based on the search criteria and filters that you choose. The purpose of the plant finder is to allow visitors and users the ability to discover the best plant profiles based on their interests and to provide core plants that users can add to their own profile to begin a plant list.

To deliver the best plant results we have set some basic plant story profile requirements of information to be completed:

  • Photos – should be original and taken by the user.
  • Story – should be unique and written by the user.
  • Botanical name – correctly completed on the growing details tab.

Additionally, the more ‘complete’ and authentic a plant story profile the higher it will show in the plant finder results. Learn more about Adding Plants.

How to begin your Plant Finder search

Click on the Plant Finder button to launch the Plant Finder page

There are two ways to begin: 1) Search by name or description or 2) Use the filters only for a broader search by purpose, growing preferences and attributes.

Search by name or description

  • By name: This will search for matches in the botanical name, common name or trade name fields of plants. The more complete you enter the name, the more exact the match.
  • By description: This will allow you to search for keywords, terms or phrases within a plant story such as cut flowers, great in containers, long bloom season, etc.

Search by filters

  • Filters include: purpose, category, classification, growing preferences, characteristics, and other attributes.
  • Sort options: Sort results by botanical name, common name, or trade name.

Purpose filters:  Unique to the Plants Map plant finder are purpose filters that allow you to search for plants to buy, to visit, of interest, and core plants to begin your own My Plants Map library.

  • Plants to buy: These plants are from members of our Resource section that have subscribed to the Buy It plants service. The basic plant story profile requirements must also be met.
    • Result Tip: The more complete the information is on the plant page tabs, the more often the plant will be seen as a result. 
  • Plants to visit: These plants are only from organization profiles that have indicated in their profile that they are a public landscape.
    • Result Tip: Only organization profile plants render in results when “public landscape” is chosen on their profile settings AND the basic plant story profile requirements plus a map pin location. Learn more about plants to visit
  • Plants near me: This filter will display plants that meet the Plant Finder basic plant story profile requirements and that have been mapped as publicly visible map pins.
  • Plants of interest: These plants will have the most unique and authentic stories provided by the users.
    • Result Tip: These plants will have the basic plant story profile requirements as well as a higher number of completed fields in the plant details, growing details, and notes tabs. Additionally, plants that get more ‘likes’ will also receive a higher rank as approved by Plants Map admins.    
  • Core Plants: These plants have basic ‘starter’ information that users can ‘adopt’ into their own profile to quickly begin their My Plants Map library. Core Plants are represented with a Plants Map logo. You will be able to modify the plant with your own photos, story, notes, and owner details which is highly encouraged. Learn how to adopt core plants in to your My Plants Map library.
    • Result Tip: Searching by complete botanical name will give you the most accurate results. You can also search by common name and trade name.

More Search Tools

  • The search tool at the top of the website navigation is a site-wide search of plants, collections, and profiles using key words, terms or phrases.
  • The community map page ( has a search tool to render results by location. All location information is voluntary.  Not all profiles, collections, and plants will be seen on the map page because the location may not have been provided or was indicated as private by the user.
  • From the main Explore page (, the Plants, Collections, Community, Resources and Events sections and pages show the most recents updates occurring from users.
  • The Resource ( and Event ( pages have their own specific search tool at the top of each page.
  • Our journal ( and help articles ( have their own unique Google custom search tool.

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