10 Best Plant Identifier Apps in 2024 (Free & Paid)

Getting to know the plants around us is a refreshing hobby to keep us engaged and connected with nature. But there must have been instances where you spot a unique plant or flower and are left clueless about its name and species. Well, not anymore. In this guide, we have handpicked the 10 best plant identifier apps you can use to recognize the plants near you.

We have included paid apps that provide accurate and faster recognition, as well as apps that offer tips on how to take care of your plants if you’re someone with a passion for gardening. So let’s take a look at the list we have prepared for you.

1. PlantNet

PlantNet is a plant identifier app that can help you recognize different types of plants without much effort. It is capable of recognizing over 20,000 plant species in the world. You can use the PlantNet app to identify flowering plants, trees, grasses, conifers, ferns, vines, wild salads, and even cacti.

PlantNet App

When you scan a plant using this app, it identifies it and shows results that include a common name and a botanical name for the plant. The results come with a metric of confidence in accuracy because the app’s crowdsourced database. Which means that you can contribute to it.

Identifies over 20,000 speciesSome results could be incorrect
Crowdsourced database with option to contributeResults provide quite basic information
Get background information about plants

Pricing: Free

Availability: Android, iOS

2. Flora Incognita

Developed by scientists from the Technical University of Ilmenau and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena, Flora Incognita is an app that lets you identify plants for free without ads.

Flora Incognita App

The app is available to use for free because it is part of a scientific research project that aims to improve nature conservation. Furthermore, it was awarded as an official project of the UN Decade of Biodiversity. As far as the accuracy goes, I have noticed that it is very accurate and gives promising results. It can provide details like taxonomy Scientific names, Common names and more.

Identify plants for free without adsNo plant diagnosis option available
Clean and simple interface
Detailed insights about plants

Pricing: Free
Availability: Android, iOS

3. Seek by iNaturalist

Seek is another app you can use to recognize plants. To use it, all you need to do is launch the app, open the camera viewfinder, and point it at the plant. The app will automatically identify and give you a snippet of information about the plant from Wikipedia including the taxonomy and seasonality.

Seed By iNaturalist

It suggests similar species to explore in case the plant you want to grow is not available in your region which I also admire. It gives you in-app badges for completing challenges to encourage you to discover more fauna around you. The app is backed by iNaturalist, a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society, making it a must-have for all plant lovers.

Exceptional accuracyNo cloud sync to transfer data
In-app challenges to promote explorationDoesn’t properly recognizes plants
easy to navigate interface

Pricing: Free
Availability: Android, iOS

4. PlantSnap

PlantSnap is essentially the Instagram for plants. It boasts a massive catalog, being capable of identifying over 600,000 types of plants. It is one of the leading plant identifier apps with a large community of over 50 Million users worldwide sharing their findings and data about plants on the app. The app gives you detailed information about the plant including how big it can grow both outside and inside your home.

PlantSnap App

It gives you tips to take care of the plant, and to nurture it. PlantSnaps’s explore tab is where you can discover the existence of identified plants anywhere in the world too. PlantSnap is probably the best plant identifier app with fast recognition and reliable accuracy. However, to use most of its features, you’ll have to subscribe to its premium subscription.

Snapchat users can use PlantSnap’s Lens to identify plants right from the Snapchat camera. This is a neat Snapchat trick you can use when you are in the middle of snapping or texting friends.

Visually pleasing interfaceJust 5 daily plant ids in the free version
Just 5 daily plant IDs in the free versionReliable and accurate with a vast database
Snapchat integrationMost features locked behind premium subscription

Pricing: Limited free trial; Offers in-app purchases
Availability: Android, iOS

5. Plantify

Apart from being an excellent app to identify plants, Plantify doubles as a reminder app to take care of your plants. As a result, you can create tasks to water, add fertilizer, prune, or harvest your plants. The app can also diagnose any problems with your plant and help you nurture it back to health helping you grow your plants better.

Plantify App

Of course, it can help you look up plants and give you important information about them, including the botanical name, common name, genus, common problems you might face when growing them, how much Sunlight they need, and more. This makes it a perfect companion app if you are new to growing plants.

Extremely accurate scanningTakes a while to identify plants
Vast database
Plant care tips and reminders

Pricing: Free; Offers in-app purchases
Availability: Android, iOS

6. PlantApp

PlantApp is another pretty useful plant and fauna identification app that can identify over 3000 species of plants with over 88% accuracy. Like Plantify, this app also gives you tips on how to take good care of your plants with timely reminders.

PlantApp Plant Identifier

Yes, it has a smaller database compared to other apps in this list. But what I liked about PlantApp is the fact that it doesn’t skim out the details and includes information like toxicity, care requirements, propagation, and FAQs. This can be a good alternative to Plantify if you are into serious gardening.

Shows detailed informationHas a limited database
Plant diagnosis and care remindersPretty aggressive to promote its premium version
Quite fast at identifying plantsCan misidentify plants at times

Pricing: Free; Offers in-app purchases
Availability: Android, iOS

7. Blossom – Plant Care Guide

Blossom is a plant identifier app that doesn’t compromise on design. The app looks visually pleasing and is packed with features to help you get the most out of it. Blossom positions itself as a complete solution for all your plant-related needs. It creates a personalized experience for you based on how skilled are you at working with plants.

Blossom App

With Blossom, you can identify plants, set reminders to nurture them, learn how to care for them and organize all your plants in the in-app garden. While the free version is sufficient for most people, you get added perks like unlimited plant identification, reminders, and a light meter to measure the light levels in the premium subscription.

Clean and soothing interfaceLimited database
Plant diagnosis and caring advice
Measure light intensity
Unlimited plant identification

Pricing: Free; Offers in-app purchases
Availability: Android, iOS

8. PlantCam

PlantCam is another useful plant identifier app that is as easy to use as it gets. For starters, it covers over 12,000 different species across the globe. The app is a little slow when it comes to scanning the plants but its information is mostly accurate. It gives you a detailed description about the plant, but also lets you know about other necessary conditions for it to survive.

PlantCam App

You can set a reminder to get alerts when you need to water your plant. PlantCam also does a health checkup during the scanning process letting you know whether your plant is healthy or not. However there are some limitations in terms of features which can be lifted by subscribving to the pro subscription.

Quite accurate at recognizing plantsSlow at scanning plants
Diagnosis plant health during scanningSome features hidden behind the Pro susbscription
Offers detailed insights related to the plant

Pricing: Free
Availability: Android, iOS

9. LeafSnap

Apart from being an decent app to identify plants, LeafSnap can also be used as a reminder app to take care of your plants. It gives you step by step instructions on how you can look after the plant and nurture it properly. As a result, you can create tasks to water, add fertilizer, prune, or harvest your plants. The app gives you tips that will help you grow plants better.

LeafSnap App

Speaking of plant identification, you can press the “Identify” button on the app’s home screen to capture a plant’s picture. Within a few seconds, the app will recognize the plant for you and show the botanical name, common name, genus, and plant family. Its only major issue that it will show you add after every two action that you take on the app.

Free unlimited plant IDsToo many ads
Easy to use experience
Plant care tips and reminders

Pricing: Free; Offers in-app purchases
Availability: Android, iOS

10. NatureID – Plant Identification

Capable of recognizing over 10,000 plants with up to 95% accuracy, NatureID is our next pick. What makes NatureID unique is its ability to recognize mushrooms. Moreover, it can also identify insects if you find a unique one in your garden. The good things about NatureID don’t end there.

NatureID App

In addition to all these features, you can also use the app to diagnose whether your plant or the insect is poisonous or not. But what irks me is the fact that most of its features are locked behind the premium paywall. Even the plant identification feature requires you to pay up to learn more about the plants which some other apps in this list can do for free.

Can help identify plants, fungi and insectsPricey subscription
Plant diagnosisEssential features locked behind subscription
Recognize if plant or insect is poisonousInterface is pretty basic

Pricing: Limited free trial; Offers in-app purchases
Availability: Android, iOS

Bonus: Google Lens and Visual Lookup

If you don’t want to install a separate app for identifying apps, you can use your Android phone’s Google Lens or iPhone’s Visual Lookup features instead. All you have to do is point the viewfinder at the plant and tap the shutter button to search. It will then perform an image search and show you reliable results. The results though might not be quite accurate so that in mind.

If you enjoyed this list then share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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  • Luel Mnnya says:

    I’m trying to find useful plant on my backyard.

  • Luel says:

    I’m to find an useful plant in my garden.

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