Northwest Visual Plant Identification
Because looking at it, it’s the best description.
This website will provide visual identification of plants in the Pacific Northwest, including but not limited to British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.
To aid habitat restoration workers, nursery workers, students, gardeners and motivated hikers identify annual, biennial and perennial plants in different ecosystems, nurseries, cropland, public parks or a backyard.
-It is divided into NATIVES, WEEDS, ORNAMENTALS & CROPS.
-It contains trees, shrubs, wildflowers/forbs, aquatics, grasses, sedges, rushes, ferns and horsetails.
-Plants are in alphabetical order by common name.
-Some plants may have many more common names than the ones used here.
-Photo numbers go from young plant (seedling or new planting), to mature plant, to dead or dormancy.
-Some plants produce flowers before leaves.
-Some photos may be missing for some plants. (Will be updating more photos as frequent as possible, Please be patient)
-Some plants will likely be weeds in other parts of the world. (wrong plant, wrong place)
-Most of the WEEDS started as ORNAMENTALS or CROPS, some ORNAMENTALS & CROPS will soon become WEEDS, some NATIVES & WEEDS are used as ORNAMENTALS or CROPS and some NATIVES can get very WEEDY.
Unknown Plants will contain plants that still need to be identified. If you know the botanical name of these plants or there are errors on the other plants, please let us know. We are hoping to get all the right information for every plant seen in the Northwest. Thank you in advance.
This website is a combination of knowledge, all gathered to educate and make plant identification simple and easy. References from:
-Over 11 years of experience in Habitat Restoration (Wetland, Forest, Savanna, Wet and Upland Prairies)
-Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska by Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon.
-Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest by Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson.
-Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest by Mark Turner and Ellen Kuhlmann.
-Weeds of the west by The Western Society of Weed Science.
-Pacific Northwest Wildflowers by Damian Fagan
-Wetland Plants of Oregon & Washington by Jennifer Guard