Harmful Nova Scotia Plants
Update May 2018. The iOS app was broken by iOS updates and Apple appears to have a new unsavory policy of disallowing Cordova apps in their walled garden. As a result the iOS version is no longer available. At this point I have no plans to revelop it in Swift or React Native. If I find the time, I may make the app available as a progressive web app that would work beautifully on Android and to a lesser extent on iOS. At the moment Apple also lacks full support of progressive web apps, but who knows maybe someday 😉 - Gordon Isnor


Harmful Nova Scotia Plants Available Now

A guide to harmful and poisonous plants in Nova Scotia

An easy to use application for plant identification

Image list Full screen image


  • Filter by where found
  • Search
  • Pinch to zoom fullscreen photo
  • Glossary of terms
  • Uses mobile data only for initial download

About the application

Gordon Isnor
Gordon Isnor, photo Erica Butler

Gordon B. Isnor, developer

Harmful Nova Sotia Plants was developed by Gordon B. Isnor. Gordon is a freelance software engineer based in Nova Scotia. He has developed websites and web applications for clients around North America, and had previous experience developing mobile applications for Brush Education in Calgary, and a realtime tool for university group work funded by University of Toronto, John Abbott College, and Dawson College.

His interest in food and drink, and his love of the province and getting out to see it with his family led him to wonder if there was already an app guide to edibles plants in Nova Scotia. Not finding anything, he got in touch with Marian. After completing the [Useful Nova Scotia Plants](https://www.usefulnovascotiaplants.com/) application, Marian asked about also doing a companion application, Harmful Nova Scotia Plants.

Marian Munro
Marian Munro, photo Len Wagg

Marian Munro, content

Content was provided by Marian Munro, botany curator of the Nova Scotia Museum. Her interests in natural history are many and varied. While at Acadia University, she studied meteorology, geomorphology, ornithology as well as botany. It was only when she was offered (and turned down) the chance to study the stomach contents of shorebirds in the Minas Basin, that she discovered her true passion – plants.

She feels lucky to have had the chance to work with renowned botanist Albert Roland as he prepared a new edition of his Flora of Nova Scotia. When Roland was unable to see the project to fruition, Marian rewrote it for a popular audience. It was published by the Nova Scotia Museum in 1998. In 2014 she released the e-version with friends and colleagues Ruth Newell and Nick Hill entitled Nova Scotia Plants. Since 2011, her major focus has been to get the plant collections and research online – a series of projects that includes the release of the [Useful Nova Scotia Plants](https://www.usefulnovascotiaplants.com/) app and this app.

Buckwheat, photo Dan Mullen


Photos were provided courtesy of the Nova Scotia Museum’s network of contributors. Additional photos were sourced from Creative Commons as noted.

Harmful Nova Scotia PlantsWeb App
Web app
For the Harmful Plants application, we also did a desktop browser version written in the Elm language. So it looks a bit different and has a few different features. Full text search is not yet available in this version.

Download Harmful Nova Scotia Plants

Useful Nova Scotia Plants

Useful Nova Scotia Plants

Also available – a guide to edible and useful plants in Nova Scotia.

Available in Android, and mobile web app versions

Useful Nova Scotia Plants

IWK Regional Poison Centre Partially funded by: IWK Regional Poison Centre