There are hundreds of thousands of different species in the Kingdom Plantae, and most of them have a few things in common. They photosynthesize, they have a similar basic structure with cell walls and many of them undergo sexual reproduction. Whether you are discussing the petunias in your backyard or a tomato in a garden, it requires knowledge of plants to care for them in the right way. Check out the Web sites below to learn more about what characterizes plants and how to grow them yourself.
USDA Plants Database
This site from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides information about plants in the United States, with a search tool where you can enter a plant name to see images and details about each species. Click on the subjects under Plants Topics to search for different criteria.
This is a great place for kids to start learning about plants. With detailed, easy to understand information about photosynthesis, xylem and phloem and reproduction, young students can learn the basics of plant biology.
Natural Perspective: Plant Kingdom
This site provides an overview of the Kingdom Plantae with information about each of the classifications. Learn what distinguishes each class from the others.
This site is a resource for all things gardening: plants, pests, resources and how-tos. Use the Plants Database to find information about a variety of garden plants, and read gardening tips from the pros. Also, visit the forums to ask your own questions.
Use the search tool to find information on a specific plant, and read blogs and forums. Also, do your own garden shopping or ask the experts for help with individual gardening problems.