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Q. How many basic plant types does Aerulean Plant Search include?

A. We provide 11 basic plant types to search from:

  • annual
  • aquatic
  • biennial
  • fern
  • grass
  • palm
  • perennial
  • shrub
  • cactus
  • succulent
  • tree
  • vine
Q. How many plants are included in Aerulean Plant Search?

A. There are 4,000+ unique plant species included in Aerulean Plant Search?

Q. What regions of the country do you cover?

A. Aerulean Plant Search includes plants that can be grown throughout the United States—all of the plants included are currently in cultivation and more than 85% of them grow in more than one region of the country.

Q. How many growers’ plant lists are included in Aerulean Plant Search?

A. We’ve compiled plant lists from 100 growers—all located in the western United States. Every plant included in Aerulean Plant Search is currently in cultivation by one or more of these growers. We look forward to adding the plant lists of growers from other regions of the country as well.

The beta version contains more than 75% of the products grown by them. Some of them ship plants to every region of the country. We look forward to adding the plant lists of growers from other regions of the country.

Q. How does Aerulean Plant Search work?

A. Aerulean Plant Search allows you to select plants from over 200 traits including flower and leaf traits, site attributes, and watering preferences. The software will display all the plants that match your selection and you are free to browse through the search results at any time.

Q. How do plant traits help me search?

A. All plants have traits that we use as data to drive Aerulean Plant Search. We eliminated data gaps found in other resources to create a complete profile of each plant. You can use this data to design a garden full of plants that share any number of traits including drought tolerant, attracts wildlife, or has a colorful leaf margin.

Q. Can I browse through the plants?

A. Yes. Simply dive into the 4,000+ plants, or dive in after selecting a trait from the menu to view all plants sharing that trait.

Q. Can I search for plants for my garden?

A. Yes. Aerulean Plant Search uses horticultural and botanical plant trait data to enable you to search. You can select from over 200 discrete site and plant traits, and freely change one trait you have selected at any time.

Q. Can I identify plants that I already have?

A. Yes. If you need to identify a garden plant, you note the plant’s basic qualities – such as the plant type, its growing zone, and leaf attributes – then select those traits to narrow the search results. You can browse through the search results at any time, or continue to narrow the results. Please see our Guide to Identification of Cultivated Plants page for more information.

Q. Do I have to know a lot about plants in order to use Aerulean Plant Search

A. No. Aerulean Plant Search allows a gardener to browse through images of plants to make a selection. Every botanical term used in the database is illustrated to help simplify the selection or identification process. You can click an image of a plant or a plant trait to find one that meets your need.

Q. What kind of horticulture information is included?

A. Aerulean Plant Search contains basic information pertaining to USDA hardiness zones, basic plant characteristics and landscape uses, seasonal traits, drainage, water, and exposure needs.

Q. What plant sizes are included?

A. Aerulean Plant Search contains information on the maximum height, width, and leaf size of each plant.

Q. What search information do you include about flowers?

A. We list seven flower shapes, three flower arrangements, and nine colors. A "secondary color present" category designates flowers that contain more than one color.

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