Plant Identification


Advance your knowledge of plant classification, growth requirements and plant use. Explore key plant structures and learn how to identify plants using relevant resources and tools such as dichotomous keys, identification manuals, and binomial naming systems.By exploring a wide range of plant material, you will begin to learn the basic requirements and cultural practices involved in caring for plants—including location selection, planting, deadheading and watering. You will also examine some of the challenges associated with growing and caring for plants and the difference between native, non-native and invasive species.A series of hands-on activities will assist you in the practical application of selecting plants using different criteria and requirements. A final project will provide you with the opportunity to use plant identification skills in a real-life setting.


This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age. There are no prerequisites for this course. You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.Plant Identification is a required course in the Horticulture Certificate/Diploma and Landscape Design Certificate/Diploma.Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Introduction to Plant Identification (310-0001).


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  • Institution: University of Guelph
  • Level: University
  • Language: English
  • Course Code: 3101001
  • Delivery: Online Anytime

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