Without plants and fungi, we wouldn’t exist. They clean the air that we breathe, and provide us with food, materials and medicine. Find out if there is any truth in old wives’ tales of herbal remedies, and attract bees, butterflies and bats to your garden by choosing local species of plants.
Post your photos here and ask questions about British plants, from seaweeds to sundews and bluebells to bracken. Museum experts will help identify them for you.
Find out about Britain's favourite flower. Help scientists find out if climate change is affecting bluebells in the UK and get tips on how to identify native and non-native bluebells.
Help us learn what trees are growing where in the UK by telling us about the ones in your garden and neighbourhood.
Take a walk along the coast and help us monitor the effects of climate change and invasive species on the UK's seaweeds.
Watch our video about the deceitful bee orchid and discover the impressive strategies some plants have evolved to encourage insects to pollinate them. Find out where to look for them and send in your sightings.
Explore the amazing diversity of lichens and find out why they are the canaries of the fungal world.
Watch the video to find out what the golden shield lichen, and others, can tell us about the air quality in our local areas.
Use this interactive guide to help you identify lichens on twigs in your local area. Lichens are very sensitive to pollution so they are a good guide to the health of the environment where you live.
Discover how Jamaican plants were used in Sloane's time and compare their modern day uses. Can you help us find out more about them?
Plants have been used to treat illnesses and ailments for centuries. Pass on the knowledge and let us know your herbal remedies.
Browse the botanical drawings from onboard HMS Endeavour (1768–1771) – the first voyage devoted exclusively to scientific discovery.
Find out why it makes sense for gardeners to plant native plants and which species are right for your garden.
People rely on plants for far more than foodstuffs. Explore the fascinating history of cultivation and its impacts on society today.
How have trees managed to evolve into 80,000 species, from tiny arctic willows to giant redwoods? Discover the secrets of their success.
Explore the incredible diversity of this amazing plant family, including potatoes, tomatoes and a host of other important fruit crops.
The Museum cares for over 6 million plant specimens. Watch this video to find out about the process of mounting plant specimens for inclusion in the Museum’s collections.
Zoom in on stunning magnified images of diatoms