Can You Identify This Plant?
Building the skills to positively identify a rare native plant can take years of field experience, a library of reference materials, and a good network of botanists. For most natives, however, identification is easy with a proper field guide and an internet connection. There are two resources that we would be lost without. One is Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, an indispensable field resource. Buy the hardcover edition from Amazon – they are more durable. The second is the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service search tool for native plant distribution – see the page on Acer rubrum (red maple) here as an example.
If these guides prove insufficient for identifying your plant, then feel free to contact us or e-mail a description and, if possible, a few pictures, to our propagation expert.
Alternatively, there is an excellent plant identification blog at our partner site Meadows and More.