Here’s a resource for all you neophytes, ahem, out there looking for information on pretty much any type of plant in North America and elsewhere. Plant Information Online, a venture initiated by the University of Minnesota and its library system, freely offers numerous databases available for searching the green, including several on plant nomenclature as well as seed and nursery firms. It’s a veritable, virtual library of of the good green stuff, searchable by scientific or common name, nursery and seed provider, and images associated with the desired plant. Initially I tried some simple common name searches, and found the interface a little clunky.
It’s more of an index with quick links to your search results, but after some patient and clever searching, you’ll find some interesting pics and info. It’s probably worth delving into the nomenclature first before searching willy-nilly, but it’s definitely an ambitious project for anyone interested in plant info.