Details of Plant Base data elements

Each plant is held in a central set of records known as the Plant Master. The records have a number of fields, all of which may be used as search criteria:-

  • Name (botanical name)
  • Common Name (or names - a list, up to 255 characters)
  • Synonyms (old and alternative botanical names)
  • Plant Family
  • Plant Type (shrub, tree, grass, etc.)
  • Description (free-text)
  • Cultivation (free-text)
  • Propagation (free-text)
  • Design & Use (free-text)
  • Additional Notes (free-text)
  • Evergreen
  • Semi-evergreen
  • Ground cover
  • Scented, aromatic
  • Poisonous or irritant (searchable as include or exclude)
  • Spiny *
  • Invasive *
  • Edible
  • Medicinal
  • Season of interest
  • Leaf colour
  • Flower colour
  • Fruit colour
  • Stem or bark colour
  • Growth rate
  • Height (searchable as min or max)
  • Width (searchable as min or max)
  • Growth habit
  • Leaf shape *
  • Full sun
  • Part Shade
  • Shade
  • Dry soil
  • Moist soil
  • Wet or waterlogged soil (includes aquatic)
  • Clay soil
  • Sandy soil
  • Coastal
  • Notably tolerant of varying conditions
  • Soil pH tolerance (acid, alkaline etc.)
  • Soil pH preference
  • Minimum temperature
  • USDA Hardiness Zone (min and max range)
  • Area of origin (native region for species, or place of breeding for cultivars)

Pictures are kept in separate Picture Libraries, linked to the plant records by the botanical name so that picture thumbnails appear on teh screen when plant is displayed. Any number of pictures can be associated with each plant. The picture records consist of:

  • Plant name
  • The image itself (embedded or a path to it)
  • Caption
  • Photo credit
  • Notes field

The name, caption, photo credit and notes fields are searchable.


User plant lists can be created, using the botanical name. There is no hard-coded limit to the number of lists stored or the number of plants in each list. While normally seen as a simple name list, each list item can hold detail information fields. Duplicate names may optionally be allowed in order to record different locations and sizes etc.

  • Plant name
  • Location
  • Plan ref. number
  • Latitute *
  • Longitude *
  • Elevation *
  • Size
  • Quantity
  • Cost
  • Notes (free text)

The plant names in the lists are linked back to the master records, so that all plant details may be quickly browsed .


* - these fields were added for Plant Base 2, they were not present in the original 1.x.x versions.

... back to Plant Base introduction