Here are several free online native plant identification resources. These helpful guides can provide the information you need to explore parks in King Country and throughout Washington State. It’s a great way to encourage you and your family to get outdoors. You’ll get some exercise and have fun doing it!
If you have kids, some of these resources provide information geared towards children, or that you can share on walks with them.
Washington State Native Plant Identification resources
Check out these resources for exploring and identifying Pacific Northwest native plants in area park:
Wildflowers-and-Weeds.com can help you Learn to Identify Plants by Families. At the end of this article are links to guides for different plant families complete with drawings, photos, and other identification information. These informative guides will forever change the way you look at plants.
Native plants in public gardens is a comprehensive list of parks throughout King County where you can view native plants. The list includes parks in every corner of the county, including Bellevue Botanical Garden, Carl S. English Botanical Garden at the Ballard Locks, Daybreak Ethnobotanical Garden at Discovery Park featuring plants useful to Native Americans in the region, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline, Highline Community College campus in Des Moines has a Washington native plant habitat garden, and many other parks.
Washington Native Plant Society features on their website Native plant lists for King County parks, featuring many parks throughout the region. Included in the list are popular major parks including Cougar Mountain, Ravenna Park, Marymoor Park, and Snoqualmie Falls. Many smaller, neighborhood parks also have a native plant list, such as Carkeek Park in north Seattle, Madrona Woods in central Seattle, and Schmitz Park in West Seattle.
Native Plant Identification Cards, also from the Washington Native Plant Society, provide a quick reference for identifying plants with helpful photos, drawings, and information.
Finally, the book “Botany in a Day” teaches you to recognize patterns among related plants and is available at local libraries:
- Botany in a Day at Seattle Public Library
- Botany in a Day at King County Library
- Botany in a Day at Pierce County Library
- Botany in a Day at Sno-Isle Library