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Taxonomic hierarchy


Plants in The Compleat Botanica sample database

The Compleat Botanica can be used as a catalog of your personal plant collection by using all of the software's tools to research and organize your plant data. But as a simple tool to explore the varied world of plants, The Compleat Botanica can be used out-of-the-box as an indexed reference guide to a vast collection of plant names and plant data.

Here's an easy way to see just what's packaged with the software. Start your search using these handy top level views of the taxonomic hierarchy of plants. Or, if you're looking for plants to fill a particular need, look at some of the cross-indexed lists of plants.

All this, and much more, comes straight out of the The Compleat Botanica.


   Faintly sweet flowers

Plants with a sweet fragrance noticeable only when you get up close.

   Sweet scented

Flowers with pleasing and sweet scented smells.

  Rank and nauseous

Plants with stinky leaves or flowers.

   Spicy, resinous, pungent

Flowers and leaves with spicy, resinous or pungent aroma.

Special features

   Autumn foliage

Plants with colorful autumn leaves.

   Butterfly hosts

Plants that are known to be hosts to specific butterflies.

   Colorful berries in winter

Plants with attractive and colorful berries in the winter months.

   Hummingbird attractors

Plants that attract hummingbirds.

Water conscious

   Drought tolerant plants

Plants that can tolerate sustained periods without water.

   Low moisture

Plants that require little or no extra water.


   Hay fever pollen

Anemophilous plants, their pollen producing season, and their relative annoyance.

   Herbal medicine

Plants used traditionally as herbal remedies.

   Poisonous precautions

Common plants that are poisonous.


   Fruits, nuts, berries

Plants with edible fruits, nuts and berries.

   Vegetables, herbs and spices

Common and unusual vegetables, herbs and spices.


   Dyer's Pot

Plants used in traditional fabric dyeing.

Garden challenges

   Acidic soils

Plants that are adapted to acidic soils.

   Invasive, weedy, thorny, prickly

Invasive, weedy, thorny and prickly plants: nature's way of preservation.

   Rocky, sandy, gravelly and poor soils

Plants that prefer soils that aren't rich in humus.

   Seaside suitable

Plants that are well suited to the salt, wind, and harsh exposure of seaside conditions.

   Shady garden areas

Plants that prefer partial shade, full shade, or morning light only.

Last reviewed October 31, 2004   


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