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A close-up shot of a sunflower

The Helianthus, or more commonly known as sunflower, is one of more than 100,000 plants you can learn more about on the U's new Plant Information Online.

Get plant information online

A University-managed database is the largest of its kind in the world

From eNews, October 11, 2007

Plant Information Online is one of the world's largest resources for botanical and horticultural information. It was first published in print form in 1976 and moved to a Web-based format in 1997, with access available only to subscribers. Today, the University of Minnesota Libraries manages the service, and it's available for free to the public.

When you log on to, you'll find two search engines that will help you get:

"We want to make this important resource available to the widest audience possible," says plant sciences librarian Kathy Allen. "Previous subscribers have found Plant Information Online to be an invaluable tool to find information on many of the world's plants."

Plant Information Online is updated daily, and it also allows you to search a plant by either its common name or scientific name.

Andersen Horticultural Library If you're looking for more literature on plants and plant science, you could also visit the Andersen Horticultural Library, which is part of the University of Minnesota Libraries system. The non-circulating reading and reference library is located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, and it's the only horticultural research library in the Upper Midwest.