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New online tool for choosing plants

A new version of the Plant Elements of Design plant selection program is now available from University of Minnesota Extension. Released September 1st, the program features close to 2800 woody and herbaceous plants, and approximately 3500 plant images. More plants and images are being added weekly. Users are encouraged to read the user manual and participate in the user blog. Links are provided in the program. Designed to encourage plant selection based on site conditions and design requirements, Plant Elements of Design is open to the public and free of charge. Visitors are required only to create a user name and password. To select plants, users identify site conditions (soil, light, zone, etc.) and plant characteristics desired (plant type, size, flower, texture, form, use, etc.), from drop-down menus and click search. A list of plants matching the criteria will be listed. Many plants have images and all images are downloadable. Desired plants can be exported to a spreadsheet to build a plant list. Individual plants data sheets including any plant images, can also be printed for future reference.

Contact: Julie Weisenhorn, Extension educator - Horticulture, weise019@umn.edu


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