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Flower Identification App

by Grace Bonney

Until recently, there wasn’t a week that went by without me asking, “Why isn’t there an app where you can just upload a picture of a flower or plant and have them tell you what it is?” I’m always outside or in a garden shop trying to figure out what things are and I’ve found, more often than not, that people working in larger garden or home stores don’t always know what plants they’re selling. So I started carrying around a pocket-sized flower guide with me everywhere I went. Then I realized I wanted to know more about small trees and flowering plants, so I started carrying around a small tree identification book, too. My book load was starting to get a little ridiculous compared to the size of my daily bag, so I decided to resume my search again for an app and, thankfully, there is now an app for flower identification!

LikeThat Garden: Flower Identification is a free (yay!) app in the iTunes store that lets you snap (or upload) a pic and in a moment, they’ll tell you what it is. There have been a number of plant identification apps that have popped up over the years, but they’ve never worked for me. I’ve always ended up with the wrong plant or a “Sorry, we can’t find your flower!” error message. But so far, everything I’ve uploaded to this app seems to pop up instantly. With spring approaching and gardens getting ready to come back to life everywhere, I thought this would be a particularly handy app to have for anyone looking for a little inspiration. Flower Identification is only available for iPhones right now, but they announced they’re expanding to Android next month, so stay tuned! xo, grace

*Photo by Maxwell Tielman

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