5 of the best flower identification apps

Identify even the most obscure flowers in a flash

Ever spotted flowers or plants you love, in someone’s garden, out in the wild or at a park, but not had a clue how to find out what they are? Well, gone are the days of frantically Googling descriptions to no avail. Now you can find out in the click of a button with your smartphone.

From plant identification technology and advanced search tools to panels of botanists online 24/7 – the tech world is set to make botanical experts of us all. Here are a few of our favourite flower and plant identification apps.

Identify even the most obscure flowers in a flash


Don’t trust your computer to identify flowers for you? Then leave it to real experts with FlowerChecker. Just take a picture of an unknown flower or plant (or moss, lichen or even fungi) and send it to their team of expert botanists, who will identify it for you. Available for Android and Apple.


The brainchild of British botanist and entrepreneur George Williams, PlantSnapp enables you to identify pictures of flowers and plants by snapping them on your phone. The PlantSnapp experts will take a look and respond within a few hours with a thorough description of what the plant is and how to look after it. You can even buy plants through the app from one of the PlantSnapp affiliated nurseries. Available for Apple.

Leafsnap UK

Originally developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute for identifying trees found in the U.S. and Canada, Leafsnapp has now branched out to the UK market.

Identify 156 UK species with leaf recognition technology and access more than 2,000 beautiful hi-res images of leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, bark and other tree features, as well as mini fact files on every species. All you have to do is take a snap of a leaf. Available for Apple.


Nature trails will never be the same again. With the new revised version of the Naturegate app, it’s possible to identify flowering plants, shrubs and trees as well as birds, butterflies and fish. The identification tools enable you to find facts and images by top photographers about hundreds of wild species by using the search tools – for instance using their English names or their scientific names. Available for Apple.

Garden Compass

Take the guesswork out of gardening with Garden Compass. Just take a picture of any flower, plant, or pest or problem – and a team of experts will give you personalised information on your question and help advise you on how to care for the plant or solve the issue. The world-renowned experts are available round the clock at the click of a button. Available for Android and Apple.

Test your new found knowledge. Head to Pinterest and pin the right flowers to the correct board here.