Good news, urban botanophiles: a new app developed in the UK is a Shazam for plants.
Much like Shazam does for music, a new app coming out of the UK called PlantSnapp identifies plants with only the click of a shutter button. Whether it’s an alien species attacking your garden, or you see a pretty looking flower on your everyday travels, with PlantSnapp all you need to do is take a picture of the plant and a team of horticultural experts will identify it for you within a few hours.
No matter how meticulously we plan and plant our garden, there’s always something strange that crops up in there. Is it a weed? Is it beneficial to what’s already growing? Should it be pulled out or left alone? PlantStapp.
For plants we actually want, PlantSnapp not only identifies the flower, it provides care instructions, as well as specific locations where the plant may be available for purchase, with door-to-door delivery options. Unfortunately, this feature will only be available in the UK, for now.
“We want people to have access to any plant that catches their eye at the touch of a button,” says creator George Williams, a twenty three year old amateur botanist. “And if we can boost the popularity of gardening as a result … that would be a wonderful achievement.”
As more and more people use PlantSnapp, Williams hopes that the growing community and database will eventually replace the need for a team of experts, and users will be identifying plants for each other, in a snap.
Green thumbs unite!