3 Best Free Plant Identification Apps [Tested & Reviewed]

For plant lovers, the plant & flower identification Apps can be very useful. However, there are a lot of plant ID Apps out there. Some of them are really going to help you to identify plants instantly, and even provide practical care guides, while some will just waste your time.

For these reasons, I did this research to check and test 3 aspects of some popular plant ID Apps:

  • Identification Accuracy
  • Plant Care Guide
  • Price

What is the best app for plant identification?

PlantSnap

PlantSnap is an easy-to-use plant identifier app. Use it for instant flower identification, tree identification, and other plant identification needs!

PictureThis

PictureThis is an AI plant identifier, which can instantly identify 10,000+ species of plants by taking pictures and provide professional care tips.

PlantNet

PlantNet is an application that allows you to identify plants simply by photographing them with your smartphone.

Let’s get started!

1.Price

PlantSnap

Free.

While the higher authorities need subscription.

PictureThis

Free.

While some extended functions like online consultation from plant experts need subscription.

PlantNet

Free.

2. Identification Accuracy

These Apps are used to identify 5 common plants chosen randomly.

  1. Crown Vetch

When I use these 3 Apps to identify it:

Results:

PlantSnap: right

PictureThis: not exactly right

PlantNet: not found

2. Asoka

When I use these 3 Apps to identify it:

Results:

PlantSnap: right

PictureThis: right

PlantNet: wrong

3. Hummingbird

When I use these 3 Apps to identify it:

Results:

PlantSnap: right

PictureThis: right

PlantNet: wrong

4. Dabra

When I use these 3 Apps to identify it:

Results:

PlantSnap: wrong

PictureThis: right

PlantNet: wrong

5. Trefle gros

When I use these 3 Apps to identify it:

Results:

PlantSnap: wrong

PictureThis: right

PlantNet: wrong

The final results:

3. Plant Care Guide

Plant care guides are very important for those plant lovers who don’t have green hand or totally new in growing plants.

Except for plant identification, some Apps also can tell users how to care for the plants, including indoor & outdoor plants.

For these 3 Apps I researched:

PlantSnap

PlantSnap only shows simple information of the plant, including:

  • Description
  • Kingdom
  • Division
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family

But it also provides the purchase information for users to buy it from Amazon.

PictureThis

PictureThis provides much more details about the plant, which includes:

  • Related Questions
  • Description
  • Name Story
  • Interesting Facts
  • Symbolism
  • Characteristics
  • Scientific classification (includes Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
  • Condition Requirement
  • Care Guide
  • Uses
  • Gallery

Among them, the Condition Requirement, Care Guide and Uses parts are very useful to plant growers.

The Name Story, Interesting Facts, Symbolism parts are very interesting if you want to know the details of the plant and have educational meanings.

PlantNet

PlantNet shows the information from Wikipedia, which can be a good reference for users, the information and its gallery. The information includes:

  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species
  • Common name(s)
  • Additional information
  • Uses

4. Conclusion

According to the research results shown above, the 3 plant identification Apps are different in many aspects.

For the price, the research shows that:

  • PlantSnap:

Free, need subscription for high authority

  • PictureThis:

Free, need subscription for extended functions like online consultation from plant experts

  • PlantNet:

Free

For the identification accuracy:

  • PlantSnap: 40%
  • PictureThis: 80%
  • PlantNet: 0%

For the plant care guides:

  • PlantSnap: No
  • PictureThis: Yes
  • PlantNet: No

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