Living Landscape Function Calculator

      An online database, The Living Landscape Function Calculator, that can be used to choose native plants based on ecological function will be available in April of 2021.

    Available on the website, it will allow the user to compare plants, create plant lists, or evaluate an existing landscape.

      The Living Landscape Function Calculator database covers the continental United States with six regions of focus. It has a Quick Search function, and provides access to a broad range of native plants based on pollinator value, bird food value, bloom time and other vital functions.

      This database makes available the research of Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Landscape Architect Rick Darke, and other researchers nationwide.


…we need to select the plants that are best at performing essential ecosystem functions within our built landscapes. Which plants are these? Enter the function calculator, the first tool designed specifically for landscape architects and designers to facilitate plant choice based on ecological function rather than simply aesthetics. The Function Calculator will be a game-changer that will enable us to achieve the sustainable relationship with our ecosystems that we so desperately need.

Dr. Doug Tallamy;

                              November 9, 2017