Colorado Plant Database

How to Search for Plants

 Name Search
Find plants by family, scientific names or common names. Searches only the name fields in the database.

 Word Search
Find plants with specific characteristics by doing a word search. Searches all fields in the database.

 Blooming Season
A list of plants blooming by season. Click on one of the season's selection buttons. The resulting list is in order by season of bloom and displays both the common and scientific names.

 Show All Plants
Lists entire contents of Colorado Plant Database.

Explanation of Screens

Search for Plants - This screen has four different ways to search for plants in the Colorado Plant Database: Word Search, Name Search, Season of Bloom and Show All Plants. See descriptions in the left menu of this page.

Search Results - This screen displays the results from the Search for Plants link as a list of plants by scientific and common names. Click on the plant name to display the Plant Detail screen or sort the columns by clicking on the column headers.

Plant Detail - You can get to the Plant Detail screen from the Search Results page described above. Details include information on identification, ecology, humans uses, landscape uses and weed management for over 1,000 Colorado plants. Some Detail screens also provide images.

References - Lists the research-based references used to develop the database.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to this application?
The direct route to the Colorado Plant Database is its address at
Another way to get here is from the Jefferson County Home Page at, select List of Divisions and click on the CSU Extension link. Then click on the Colorado Plant Database link.

Where does the data come from and how often is it updated?
The plants presented here are derived from a database of more than 1,000 Colorado plants that are studied in Native Plant Master™ field courses held around the state. The award-winning Native Plant Master Program is sponsored by Colorado State University Extension and other agency cooperators. The database does not contain all plants that can be found in Colorado, but plants are added each year as more courses are offered at different sites.
Information on the plants listed is from a variety of research-based resources that are listed in the references section of the database. Nomenclature is from Colorado Flora, 3rd edition, by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann. Content updates are made as frequently as quarterly but at least annually. The database format is also periodically updated. The release date of the current version is listed at the bottom of each webpage.
It should be noted that any information about the edibility of plants is given strictly for historical purposes. We do not vouch for the safety of eating any plants mentioned in this database.
In addition to safety considerations, we do not recommend collection of any native plants or plant parts because this can negatively impact plant populations. A number of rare native plants have become classified as threatened or endangered because of human collection.

How do I view information about a specific plant?
You must run one of the four available searches, then click on the plant of interest to see the Plant Detail screen.

What is "Blooming Season" all about?
This link lists all plants that have been observed to bloom during a specific season. For example, when the spring button is clicked, a list is produced of all plants that bloom some time between January and May. Plants will sort in order of how early in the season they bloom. If a plant blooms in spring and again in the fall it will appear in both the spring and the fall lists.

Why might the colors in the photographs look odd?
Photographs use a wide variety of colors. The display setting on your monitor may be set too low or cannot handle the number of colors required for the photograph. You can try to adjust those settings. Click on the Start button and select Control Panel. Click on the Display icon and select the tab that reads "Settings". Click the Down Arrow in the Color Palette box (look for the band of colors) and choose the highest number that your PC can handle. Click Apply and OK.



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