Want to search for plants by name or category, or simply browse an alphabetized list? Check out the plant finders first.
The Texas Tech University Plant Resource Database serves as a reference for selecting, identifying, and learning about plants that are well-suited or commonly grown in the West Texas Panhandle.
Looking to identify a plant by its flower, fruit, foliage, or bark? Try the image galleries for visual collections from the database.
If you have particular site conditions or plant characteristics you're looking for, check out the plant lists. From plants that will tolerate shade to trees with fall color, the lists highlight species in the database which might meet your specific needs.
Additional Database Resources
In addition to accessing West Texas plant photos and information, you might also want to check out our other resources:
- a CASNR article on lawn care in the time of COVID-19 by Dr. Joey Young, resident turfgrass expert
- an explanation of the terms used to describe plants (check it out if you're unclear on what "light shade" or "USDA zone 7" mean)
- a breakdown of plants with varying scientific names or whose names have changed (this might be helpful if you're having trouble finding a particular plant)
- a collection of frequently asked questions, as well as a place for you to submit your own questions, comments, and suggestions
The TTU Plant Resource Database is an ever-growing project, and there are several new branches (zing!) in the works:
- Turfgrass Guide - a guide to selecting turfgrass varieties that will perform in West Texas summers, winters, sun, shade, and everything in between
- Pests & Pollinators - a guide to identifying, controlling, and supporting the non-plant inhabitants of our landscapes
- Planting Design - tips and examples of plant combinations and design considerations to help guide your plant selection