The Flora of Virginia Project presents the complete app for identifying the plants of Virginia.

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA PROJECT ( presents the complete app for learning about the plants of Virginia, whether a wildflower from a weedy roadside, a shrub from a coastal dune, or a tree from a deep Appalachian hollow. The app does not need an Internet connection to run, so you can use it no matter how remote your wanderings take you.

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA app is based on its predecessor, the FLORA OF VIRGINIA book published by the Flora of Virginia Project in partnership with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The flora was the first comprehensive flora offered for Virginia in exactly 250 years. The app and the book describe nearly 3,200 plant species native to or naturalized in Virginia in nearly 200 families.

The FLORA OF VIRGINIA app combines information from several other ecological data sets with the FLORA’s own data, including moisture regime, light regime, level of invasiveness, state and global rareness rankings, and listings as rare or endangered. Emphasis is on habitats, ecological earmarks of natives. Also appealing, of course, are the app’s portability and update-ability. And a unique, simple Graphic Key! This combination of features makes it a hit with much younger users, especially 6–12 students who might otherwise have their Flora experience limited to a few handouts in the classroom. In addition to the Graphic Key are the full dichotomous keys from the Flora of Virginia book in app form -- it's easy to tap through the choices presented until your plant is found.

App features include:
- Original illustrations and photos aiding in plant identification.
- Range maps for quick reference.
- Ability to filter plants based on user's geo-location.
- Ability to arrange plants by scientific name, common name, genus name, or family name.
- "Plant Discovery and Documentation in Virginia," a guide to the history of botanical exploration in Virginia.
- "The Nature of the Virginia Flora," a section that clarifies the ways in which geology, climate, and biology together create the rich, complex plant life in the state, with fine color photography illustrating key habitat types.
- "Learning the Virginia Flora: 50 Sites for Productive Field Botany," a brief guide to some of Virginia's botanizing hot spots.

The Flora of Virginia Project was initiated in 2001 to steer creation of the first comprehensive reference work on the native and naturalized plants of Virginia. For more information about the Flora of Virginia Project, please visit

What’s New

Version 4.10

Updated habitat and comments for Minuartia groenlandica and Minuartia godfreyi.
Removed extraneous “var.” from 15 plant names and extraneous ssp. from 1 plant name.
Updated key for Juncus so that all 5 sub-keys appear.
Added genus section name to Carex at top of species profile screens (all 3 tabs).
Changed genus spelling Rhipariosida to Ripariosida throughout including dichotomous key.
Updated Quercus margarettae to Quercus margaratiae.
Updated Erythranthe moschatus to Erythranthe moschata (in mention within Erythranthe genus as well).
Updated Leptoloma cognata to Leptoloma cognatum (in genus Leptoloma’s photo caption as well).
Updated description for Penstemon pallidus.
Updated habitat for Spermacoce glabra.
Updated comments for Viola odorata and Viola pallens.
Removed photos from Packera crawfordii (we have none yet).
Replaced distribution maps for Packera paupercula, Rhododendron viscosum var. viscosum, and Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum.
Deleted "Otherwise like the typical variety." from the description of Dichanthelium microcarpon.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

MusicMan0145 ,

Completely worth the money

I’ve been working in horticulture and exploring natural areas for 5 years now and I have found this app incredibly useful. And in my spare time, the reading available is so interesting. Only wish I have is that more pictures could be uploaded for each species.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your positive review. I'm glad you are making good use of this app in the field. We are in the process of a major update with additional images that I hope you will like.

beegirl216 ,

Absolutely wonderful with one important suggestion

As someone who has only been getting into native plants in the last few years, I find this reference at my fingertips an amazing resource. It is well worth the money! As someone who is not formally trained in botany but wants to learn as much as I can, having a glossary button from individual species pages (like there is a ruler button on the side) would be amazingly helpful. Right now it’s a pain to remember the word I don’t know, back all the way out to the main menu, navigate to the glossary and look up the definition, and then search for the plant all over again. Some pages I may need to look up 10 words in the glossary so imagine how easy it would be to only hit the glossary button once and then close it and still be on the species page.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your kind review and suggestion for easy access to definitions. We have considered this idea for the glossary and hope to include that functionality at some point. Best regards, HCA

Shannon2005 ,

A lot of content

This app may seem expensive but it is worth every penny and more. I've been able to key out several plants with this app that I have previously failed to identify with my various guides. Plus the info on plant families, genera, and species is well organized and has beautiful photos. I was eagerly awaiting this app and it did not disappoint.

Developer Response ,

Thanks Shannon! We really appreciate your positive comments. Glad you are enjoying the app.

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