What Flower Is This? How to Instantly Identify Flowers

All Your Questions About Instant Flower Identification, Answered

by | Apr 25, 2023

As spring reaches much of the northern hemisphere, you might notice more and more flowers blooming. You might notice some pretty pink flowers in the trees near your bus stop, an unusual red flower on your hike, or small blue flowers along the sidewalk. Identifying flowers does not have to be a challenge thanks to instant flower identification with PlantSnap.

You don’t need to lug around a big botany textbook or dense field guides for instant flower identification. Instead, you can start growing your flower identification skills with nothing more than your phone.


After you’ve downloaded PlantSnap, you can start instant flower identification right away. PlantSnap works as a point-and-shoot instant plant identifier. You’ll be able to identify your neighbor’s prettiest plants, the best-smelling flowers in your city, and edible plants along your hike.

Once you’ve mastered instant flower identification, you can even learn more about tree identification and ethnobotany.


How does PlantSnap work?


PlantSnap uses an algorithm to analyze your photo of the plant. Frame the flower well, ensuring that you are photographing just one flower without any deformities. The app then uses its powerful, proprietary artificial intelligence to identify the flower instantly. The app also tells you its percentage certainty that it has correctly identified the flower.

If you already have a photo of a flower saved on your phone, you can also instantly identify it by uploading the photo to PlantSnap.

Once you’ve instantly identified a flower, PlantSnap stores it in your library. You can easily go back to see how many flowers you’ve identified.


Can I use instant flower identification to learn more about flowers?


Yes! Once you’ve identified a flower using PlantSnap, you can scroll down to read more about the flower. All plants on the app have information regarding their taxonomy, where they grow, and other ecological information.

If you want to get better at instant flower identification without an app, you can use PlantSnap like a private botany class. If you pay attention to field markings on the flowers, you’ll soon be able to match the flowers that you see with past plants that you’ve identified.


What sort of flowers can I identify using PlantSnap?


PlantSnap currently identifies 90% of all known species of plants known to man, which covers the vast majority of plants that you’re likely to find. You can also identify mushrooms, trees, and cacti using PlantSnap.

PlantSnap gives information on where a plant grows naturally, but will also instantly identify flowers in gardens that are not native to your area.


old book field guide plant identification

Isn’t using a field guide a better way to learn instant flower identification?


It really takes an expert eye to master instant flower identification. Many amateur botanists will enjoy using artificial intelligence to help them with instant flower identification instead.

Field guides take a bit of knowledge to use. Many plants have close cousins, and you will need to be able to identify leave patterns, growing conditions, and bark type to properly identify most plants using a field guide.

Field guides also are generally limited to a geographic area, meaning it’s difficult to use a field guide for instant flower identification in cities or gardens. Many of the prettiest flowers that you see around town are unlikely to show up in your local field guide. PlantSnap can identify plants from around the world.

If you’re interested in learning more about identifying plants, PlantSnap is a great way to get started! You can use PlantSnap to double-check your guesses or use its instant flower identification capabilities to learn more about flowers while you’re looking at them.


succulent plant identification leaves

The plant I’m looking at isn’t blooming. Can I still use instant flower identification?


Technically, it isn’t instant flower identification if you aren’t looking at a flower. But don’t worry! You can still use PlantSnap to identify plants that aren’t blooming. Instead of photographing a single flower, you will need to photograph multiple leaves in a frame.

The artificial intelligence will still be able to instantly identify a plant, even if it’s not flowering. You just need to take a clear, well-framed, and well-lit photo of multiple leaves.

Currently, PlantSnap cannot identify damaged or immature plants.


woman photograph plants

How do I get started with instant flower identification?


Now that you know how to use PlantSnap for instant flower identification, it’s time to get outside. All you have to do is go to the app store and download PlantSnap, but you might want to start with a garden since those flowers are generally large, colorful, and distinct.

You might even want to practice instant flower identification using flowers that you’re already familiar with, such as daffodils or dandelions. This gives you a chance to get better at photographing plants. The artificial intelligence doesn’t need practice with instant flower identification, but this will help you trust its knowledge.

There are thousands of species of plants near you, even if you live in the concrete jungle. Using instant flower identification will help you notice the natural beauty around you. As you read about plants that you’ve identified, you might even find sacred plants or arsenic-removing moss right in your neighborhood!

Do you have any more questions about instant flower identification? Let us know and we’ll be sure to get back to you with an answer. Check our FAQ for more general questions about PlantSnap.


  1. Ian Rothwell

    Love this app. An subscribe to premium, use it all the time to identify flowers, trees and fungi. Only had a couple of problems, caused,I think by poor photography rather that the app, mightily impressed! THANK YOU

    • Eric Ralls

      Thank you very much for the kind words, Ian! Please write to info@plantsnap.net if you ever have questions or need help.

  2. Avril Galp

    I have used Plantsnap quite a few times but recently have had no success. As an example, I took a pic of a new plant I received as a gift with no identification. The answer came back with a picture of a succulent, which it is not. My photo was very clear. This is the 2nd time it has happened. I rephotographed but to no avail

    • Eric Ralls

      Hello Avril! Please write to info@plantsnap.net and send us the photo you are having trouble with. Our support team will be more than happy to investigate and help you resolve the issue.
      Thanks very much for reaching out and allowing us to help you!
      PlantSnap Team

  3. Nametsegang Modise

    Whats the name of a plant almost like a lily with very large leaves?

  4. Sky wuang

    Once I saw a flower that looks like a germ. Dose anyone know what flower it is?

  5. Teresa

    Free for iPhone too unless u want upgraded version

  6. Daisy Russel

    Flower identification is really an interesting topic! How much is it?

    • Kayla Fratt

      The app is free on Android and is $3.99 on iPhone.

      • Joy Sala

        How do I sign up?

    • Donette

      This plant was really bright but after a week lost its color

  7. Mel browne

    How much?

    • Sky Wuang

      I don’t know 😅


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