- 1). Go to the Wildflower Identification website and complete the form. If you live in the western United States, use the link to Reny's Field Guide on the main page. Fill in as much information as you can about the plan. It may be useful to take a picture for reference purposes. Click "Identify" at the bottom of the page to find results based on your entries.
- 2). Visit your local library with a picture of the plant. Ask to look at books with pictures of plants local to your area. Books with pictures are the best way of matching your photograph to a plant. Some books to try are "Newcomb's Wildflower Guide" by Lawrence Newcomb or the "National Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Wildflowers" published by the National Audubon Society.
- 3). Take a clipping of the plant and send it to your state Department of Agriculture. Some departments offer a plant identification service by a professional botanist. A good clipping should contain a flowering or fruiting branch and a leafy branch. Send the clippings in fresh or dried and sent in a manila envelope or wrapped in paper to prevent any fruit from leaking.
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