Go Botany: Discover thousands of New England plants

New England Wild Flower Society

PlantShare

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Join our on-line community of plant enthusiasts! Find friends, collaborate on field surveys for plants, share your discoveries, get help identifying plants, make maps, and develop checklists of plants for particular sites you are exploring.

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Advanced ID Tools

For experienced botanists!

Identify over 3,000 New England plants by using our Full Identification Key, including technical multiple-access and dichotomous keys to families, genera, and species. Also learn about subspecies and varieties native to our region.

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Teaching Tools

New: a useful teaching resource!

Go Botany encourages informal, self-directed education in botany for science students and beginning and amateur botanists. Professors, teachers, and environmental educators can share curricula and teaching ideas.

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Medicago sativa

Plant of the Day: Medicago sativa purple medick

Purple medick, also known as alfalfa, is native to Eurasia, but ubiquitous as a forage herb in North America. Alfalfa is commonly planted to improve grazing land. It has very high nitrogen content and improves soil fertility.

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