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.

This website is designed to help people like you find research-based information about plants that grow in the wilds of Colorado.

Colorado Plant Database

Sponsored by the Colorado Native Plant Master ProgramTM

Colorado's drought challenges and the demand for site-specific horticultural information have prompted the staff of the Native Plant Master Program to create this database of more than 1,000 Colorado plants. See for more information about field courses and other programs offered by the award-winning Native Plant Master Program.

The use of native plants in sustainable landscapes can reduce the need for water which is critical in a drought-prone state. Use of natives can also decrease maintenance time and pesticide use. This plant database provides researched-based information about the identification, ecology and human uses of Colorado native plants as well as non-native noxious weeds which threaten natives. The sources for this information are listed in the References link at the top of this page.

For a quick search of the plant database, click on the Search for Plants link at the top of this page or on the links to the left. The taxonomic reference used for plant names in this database is Colorado Flora, 3rd edition, by William A. Weber and Ronald C. Wittmann.

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 or other human uses 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.

Future Additions

Native Plant Master Course Plant Lists - This site is under development to allow users to obtain plant lists for Native Plant Master courses.

Survey - This site is under development to survey a selection of users on the value of the database.



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