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Identifying plants

Q. How can I have a plant identified?

A. Plant Information Service can provide plant and insect identifications as well as diagnoses of disease problems. Samples of plant or insect material can be dropped at the Plant Information office or mailed to Plant Information Service in a sturdy, crush-proof box or envelope. Bubble-wrapped envelopes work well for mailing plant samples. All samples should be accompanied by a complete description, including flower color, seeds or fruit, size, habit, and where and when it was collected or photographed. Live plant samples are needed to provide accurate identifications; however, photos can be mailed or emailed. Additional information and an online form are available at