Practical Plants is a collaboratively edited encyclopedia and database of information on plants cultivated with a practical intention. Over 7400 plant articles covering edible, medicinal and material uses, propagation and cultivation information, plant associations and polycultures, and everything else you need to know to grow and benefit from practical plants.
An open encyclopedia of plant information
There are plenty of sources of plant information online. So what makes Practical Plants different?
It belongs to all of us
Everything is editable by anybody, and licensed under a Creative Commons license to be used by anybody. This is incredibly important for the future as «social» websites claim ownership of our information. The data we create belongs to all of us in common, not any one person or organisation.
A specific focus for a broad audience
It’s simple: if a plant has practical uses, inform how to propagate, cultivate, and use it. There is a natural bias towards environmentalism, sustainability, and against chemical agriculture, but the information is widely applicable.
Covering edible, material and medicinal uses, design functions, propagation, cultivation, environmental preferences, interactions, polycultures (and so on…) Practical Plants provides everything you need to know to choose, grow, and identify plants.
The flexibility and strength of a wiki-base
Practical Plants articles are collaboratively edited, like a wiki, and contain embedded data which is machine readable. This enables advanced search capabilities while still presenting people with articles written to be read by human eyes, not fields of data intended for a machine.
Curious about getting involved?
Practical Plants opened it’s virtual doors on 1st August 2012. There is much to be done cleaning up articles, adding more articles, polycultures, interactions, uses and so on. Check out our help pages or join us on the forums to ask any questions, give feedback and find out the lates