About Joy's Flower, Tree,
and Plant Finders
-- Version 4.0

These HTML webpages were created by Darrel Joy of New Albany, Indiana; Hope, Indiana; and Belize.
(C) Copyright Darrel Joy 2016-2023

Except for a photo of the Skunk Cabbage which was taken in Rhode Island by Jo-Anne Pacheco, all of the photos were taken by Darrel Joy in various locations within the United States, but mostly within Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and California.

The reason why these webpages were created is because I found the process of identifying flowers and plants to be very difficult, even though I own over 50 plant ID books.  Most of the books contained just small photos or drawings and had multiple species per page.  Most had only one image per plant, and that one image was usally just of the blossom that omitted the leaves and other structures critical to identifying the plant.  Other books contained an image of the whole plant as if viewed from a distance, so there was insufficient detail to identify the blossom or plant visually.  And then there was the jargon in their text descriptions that only a professional botanist would understand.

My goal was to provide multiple photos, showing the blossom up close, the leaves up close, photos of any other interesting features, and a view of the overall plant to provide context and size clues.

Any photo can be clicked on to display a larger image, and frequently the larger image can be clicked on to view an even larger image.  I also include a small amount of text to point out the key features to look for.  I've organized the entries to group together flowers with similar features to quickly narrow down the plants to make it easier for non-professionals like you and me to sequentially find the plant we are looking for.

These Flower and Plant Finder webpages are a work-in-progress.  Because there are so many flowers and plants scattered all over the country and the world, it will never be complete.

I make no claim or guarantee that the names and identifications are 100% correct.  Therefore take everything you find here with a grain of salt.  Use your own sources and reference books to verify everything that you find here in these webpages.  You are free to disagree with my identifications.  Each entry shows the reference book and page number I used to identify that plant, and/or a Wikipedia link to find more information.

In several cases, I have included more than one Latin name for a plant.  Some authorities disagree about the species, or even the genus, for a plant.  Or the Latin name may have changed in recent years, making my reference books out-of-date.  I've shown all of the Latin names for a plant for which I am aware.  There is always the possibility that I have mis-identified a plant, so beware and do not be dependent upon my identification being correct.  I am NOT a professonal botanist !

Although my intent was to focus mostly on wildflowers and trees, I have included a few domestic species.  I usually did this because I found the domestic ones in a woods, park, or other natural setting where they appeared to have become naturalized.  I do not intend to add just any domestic species, and I do so only at my own discretion.

If you wish to suggest alternative names and can back them up with published references and/or links to Wikipedia, then you might want to e-mail that information to me at ...


I make no promises to include your suggestions in future updates -- if there ever are any updates.

You may note that the name of each photo within each entry usually includes the date and location where the photo was taken.

Here are some of the most likely locations:

The date is normally in one of the following formats:

... where yy or yyyy is the year, mm is the month, and dd is the day of the month.  Knowing this can help you to determine when a flower was in bloom.

Often, the photo name will include a color.  Do not be concerned that the color in the photo name does not always agree with the color of the flower you selected to look up.  Some colors are similar, or a flower may have more than one color.  On the other hand, I may have changed my mind about what to call that color after I named the photo.  I do not intend to rename any photos, so please don't point these out as "mistakes".

The Tracker School website is granted full permission to reference this website, and include any of my flower and plant photos and these flower and plant webpages on their website and make them available for viewing by anyone who finds them there.  I hold the Tracker School and Tom Brown, Jr. harmless for their use of these Plant Finder webpages.

I grant to all users of these Flower Finder and Plant Finder webpages, and the photos provided there, a "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License"; additional terms may apply.  By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of this website. 

Since these Flower Finder and Plant Finder webpages are a free service, no user may incorporate any part of these into any other work that will be sold for a fee without a signed agreement from this author.

This webpage was last updated on April 13, 2023, by Darrel Joy.

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