Quickly iden­tify that cu­ri­ous flower or plant

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

Sum­mer means plenty of hikes, na­ture walks and vis­its to the ar­bore­tum. It also, per­haps, means you’ll be hear­ing in­ces­santly those three lit­tle words from your chil­dren: “What is that?” Hap­pily, there’s an app to help.

The Like That Gar­den app — one of a se­ries of scan-and-iden­tify apps from the com­pany — lets you hold your smart­phone cam­era up to a flower or plant so that it can tell you im­me­di­ately what it is, and even how to care for it. The app needs the In­ter­net to work, but you can save pic­tures to your phone and an­a­lyze them later when you have cell­phone ser­vice.

The app works most ef­fec­tively when your photo is taken up close and in full light, so you’re best off us­ing it dur­ing the day. Still, it’s great for those of us who can’t tell a petu­nia from a tuberose but want to sound as if we do. Free, for iOS and An­droid de­vices.

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