Site Help

Browse Plants

Find information about individual plant species with Browse Plants. The plant pages include descriptions of the plant, a photo, several attributes, links to more photos, and links to more information on external websites.

The menus on the left side of the screen and on the Browse Plants page give you multiple ways to look up one or more plants. Most of the menus on the left have submenus which appear when you place your mouse pointer on them. The green arrows to the right of the menu choices show you there's a submenu.

There is no Common Name menu choice. Use Quick Search or Advanced Search to look for a plant by its common name.

Browse Photos

View galleries of photos taken during each month of the blooming year with Browse Photos.

The menus on the left side of the screen have submenus for each month. The Browse Photos page lists the months and the three most recently uploaded galleries.


  • Quick Search: looks for the words you type in the search box in Latin name, common name, location, description, and Photo ID fields. You can use the first part of words in your search, i.e. strep will find Streptopus amplexifolius, Streptopus lanceolatus var. curvipes, Streptanthus cordatus, and Packera streptanthifolia. Quick Search looks in both Plants and Photos. Wildcards are NOT supported.
  • Advanced Search: provides separate fields so you can build complex searches for plants with particular characteristics.
    • You can select terms in as many or few fields as you want. If you don't make a selection in a field it means you don't care about anything in that field.
    • Within each field you can select multiple terms by holding down the Control (Windows) or Command (Mac) key while you click your choices.
    • Any and All buttons: For each field with these choices, if you select multiple search terms the Any button means you want to find plants that meet any of the criteria, i.e. Red OR Yellow. The All button means you want the find plants that meet all of the criteria, i.e. Found in Olympic NP AND Mt. Rainier NP.
    • Require all fields works like the Any and All buttons. Selecting Yes means you want to find plants that meet all the criteria you selected (logical AND). Selecting No means you want to find plants that meet any of your criteria (logical OR).
  • Submit activates your search.
  • Reset restores your last search criteria when you return to the search page.
  • To remove all selections from the search page and set the default Any and Require all fields Yes buttons click Advanced Search on the menu.


The lightbox provides a way for you to save one or more groups of your favorite photos. You can add or remove any number of photos in a lightbox before you save it. Click the green plus icon Add at the corner of a photo to add it to the working lightbox. Remove a photo by clicking the red minus Delete icon. The Lightbox menu choice shows the number of photos in the working lightbox.

Click the Lightbox menu choice to see the contents of your lightbox and edit the contents by removing photos.

Saving and Sharing Lightboxes

  • Save your lightbox to share it with someone or to return to it later by clicking the Click here to save it link on the lightbox page.
  • You can give your lightbox a name in the dialog box that appears.
  • Enter a password to be able to edit the lightbox when you return to it.
  • When you click the Save button you will be see your lightbox with a URL in a box above your photos. Copy and save this URL to be able to return to your lightbox later. You can also include the URL in an e-mail to send the lightbox to someone else.
  • To return to a saved lightbox, paste the URL you saved into your browser's address bar.
  • Upon return to a saved lightbox, click the link to Load this lightbox into working lightbox for editing. If you already have photos in the working lightbox you will replace them.