There are many reasons to identify flowers. Some are poisonous, some are edible and some are medicinal. But the most popular reason is curiosity. All gardeners want to know what is growing in their gardens and yards, but many aren't sure how to identify the plants.
One of the easiest ways to identify garden flowers is to take notes. Write down what the flower looks like and ask a local gardener.
If writing down a thorough description is daunting or you don't know the basics of plant make-up, just take a picture of the plants in question.
Buy an identification book
Whether looking up fancy flowers or something growing in your garden, books are one of the best resources available. Visit your local bookstore or library and check out a few titles to help you identify strange flowers.
Types of edible flowers
Some amateur gardeners or chefs want to identify edible flowers for use in recipes. Violets, dandelions and chrysanthemums are three of the most popular edible plants. Violets are blue, pink or red with a small stripe inside the flower. Dandelions are usually used in salads and are yellow or white. White dandelions are the kind that kids blow into the wind. Yellow dandelions have short green stems and a full yellow circle of petals. Chrysanthemums can be many colours but will grow in a bush-type arrangements with flat-headed, colourful blooms.
Identifying native or wild flowers
One of the best resources for flowers in your area is the local horticulture or garden society. Many members have created personal notebooks and some may have published books on local flora and fauna. Take pictures of the blooms in question and visit the club for identification.