7 free plant identifier apps that can help novice gardeners sort out their yards

As gardening becomes more popular amid the coronavirus pandemic and the summer approaches, some people may need some help identifying the plants growing in their yards.

If you're new to the hobby and need assistance knowing whether or not the greenery in your yard is a weed or a flower you can let bloom, check out the following seven free apps from Bay Journal and Awesome Jelly.

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PlantSnap is touted as the No. 1 identifier app for recognizing flowers, cacti, succulents and mushrooms. The app uses machine learning-powered image-recognition software to sort through a database of more than 600,000 plants.

PictureThis is powered by artificial intelligence recognition software. It claims to have a 95% accuracy rate and can identify 99% common species. The app has more than 10,000 species in its searchable database, too.

Leafsnap was developed by researchers from Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution. It uses visual recognition software to identify tree species from the appearance of their leaves. The app currently includes trees found in the northeastern United States and Canada.

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Plantifier is a community-based app that allows users to upload a photo of an unknown plant. The image-recognition tool tasks users of MyGarden.org with trying to recognize the pictured plant as quickly as possible.

iNaturalist is similar to Plantifier in that it relies on the community to identify the plants photographed and uploaded. Users can also discuss their findings. It's a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

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iPflanzen claims to "accurately identify plants from the garden, park, forest or home." It contains about 1,500 plants in its database and requires users to enter information about the plant — including the leaf shape or fruit color — to identify it.

Pl@ntNet allows users to identify species of plants from pictures. Uploaded images are automatically compared to thousands of photos in the app's botanical databases. Users are encouraged to upload a good image by zooming in on their plant and tapping to focus the camera.