Site Talk forum: API or Download Plants Database?

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Jul 24, 2017 8:15 AM CST
Hi, I'm working on an Alexa skill to help gardeners. My aim is for it to be able to answer questions like "What are some yellow perennials that like partial shade?" These types of things to help gardeners identify plants they might not know about.

So far, the data I have is from the USDA PLANTS database, but it is more academic focused rather than gardener focused. This site has awesome data and I was wondering if it is something that could be accessed via an API or if I could download it in bulk.

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Jul 24, 2017 8:20 AM CST
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Name: Joshua
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Jul 24, 2017 8:30 AM CST

Plants Admin

Hi and welcome to the site! Dave will be able to give you the best answer, but my understanding is that we do not have an API, nor an externally accessible dump of the database.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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Jul 24, 2017 8:32 AM CST Admin

We do not make our database available for purposes like this. As such, there is no API and our database is not available for licensing or download.

Jul 24, 2017 10:25 AM CST
OK, dang. Well thanks anyway and keep up the great work here. If you can think of any other places online to get this type of data please let me know.

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