What are the available fields on a plant page and what do they mean?

Plants Map plant profile fields: We have tried to incorporate basic fields for a variety of plants and types of users.  Our goal is to make this fun and easy to share about plants you experience either visiting a landscape or growing your own.

The only required field is Title. We chose this so that even if you don’t know the name of the plant you could share your experience or story based on a short description such as Red Flower or Beautiful Tree. You can also choose to use a common name, trade name, cultivar name, botanical name etc. The Title field really is your choice and what works for you.

The Full Story. Other parts of a plant form include your story, a map location that can be made public or private to only you, and tabs for a photo gallery, plant details, growing details, notes (also can be public or private) and comments that can be sent to you to review.

Plant Fields. We have over 50 fields among the Plant Details and Growing Details tabs. You can fill in what is important to you. If you have information and we do not have as a field, you can enter that information in the description or story of that plant.

Besides the Title, all other fields are optional based on what you know of that plant or want to add. If you don’t know the information or are uncertain just leave it blank. It’s not a test, just optional fields you might find useful if you have the information.

Much of the information can be completed from the plant tags that come with your plants. There are many online resources as well and have created a list of them with our Help article: Plant Databases and Scientific Resources.

Common Name can include several recognized non-scientific names people have come to know to recognize a plant, genus or species. Examples would be Dogwood, Rose, Black-Eyed Susan, Marigold, Daisy, Sunflower, Mint, Tomato, etc.

Botanical Name can be elements of the scientific name plus the name of a cultivar, variety or hybrid.  For example you can enter  Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’ or just Cornus florida or Cornus.

Trade Name may be the same or different than a registered cultivar name. A trade name is used for marketing purposes and it how a brand wants a plant to be known to the consumer. An example would be the trade name The Knock Out® Rose is the registered shrub rose cultivar known as Rosa ‘Radrazz’.  Trade names can be easily recognized as they do not use quotes like cultivar names and normally will have a trademark (™) or registered (®) symbol. Plants with a trade name will have a true registered cultivar, variety or hybrid name but it may be difficult to find. More often times now they are not the same name. A registered cultivar may have different trade names in different countries for marketing purposes making this a bit more confusing.

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 and International Index of Plant Names. Plants Map reserves the right to audit and revise information that has been entered into these fields to maintain the integrity of the plant finder results.

Hybrid, cultivar or variety are additional identifying names given to a plant often times in quotes such as Cornus (genus) florida (species) ‘Cherokee Princess’ for example. What’s the difference? A hybrid is a specific parentage cross and the name usually indicates this with a multiplication sign such as Rhododendron x kaempferi ‘Silver Sword.’ For an explanation of cultivar or variety see Iowa State University – Cultivar vs Variety. For additional explanation of scientific plant names this is an excellent resource, but be prepared to ready slowly: Oregon State University – Scientific Plant Names.

Native Range refers to the geographic origin for the plant such as North America or Mediterranean. Some plants are native to several countries.

Accession/ID Number is your option to use if you have a recording system for each plant. For example if you have 10 of the same type of apple trees and want to identify each one with a unique code system that you create. For more information see our Help article: What Are Accession Numbers?

Plant Details: Category Options. We have tried to list some basic category filters for plants. This is not an inclusive list but we hope it will help to identify types of plants with a filtered search in the future.

Note that fruit and berry are botanical terms. They do not refer to being edible. Many plants produce poisonous fruit or berries so do not assume that a plant marked as producing these is edible. Learn more here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit.

My Tags: If you are planning to order our interactive plant tags, our My Tags ordering process draws from these fields: Common Name, Botanical Name, and Family (Plant Details Tab), and the Native Range (Growing Details Tab), the profile name of the individual or organization. Learn more at: info.plantsmap.com/help/ordering-tags-signs-using-my-plants-map | info.plantsmap.com/tags.

Core list and plant finder tool. We are planning to have a plant finder tool and a core database of plants to choose from as a starting point with some basic fields already completed in future updates.

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