There are a number of ways to work with plant databases in the gCADPlus environment.

1. SppDb

We have created a separate Windows application called SppDb that's designed to work with gCAD+. SppDb enables you to manage details of species that you know work well in the locality where your sites are loacated.

Use SppDb  Use gCADPlus with SppDb and develop illustrative detailed fact sheets for species used in a design.

Here is a link to its web site: and to a page on that site that contains a short YouTube movie showing how to use it with gCADPlus [].

It is important to note that SppDb is designed as a personal plant data file to work with plants with which you are already familiar so you can find species for a particular need. It also stores information about hardscape elements so you can paste images into plans to illustrate concepts.

Running SppDb

Once installed, SppDb is called from the Tools drop down menu as shown below.

Palnt database link

The database floats in its own window. Use the search facility to find species with the characteristics you want and export the list to gCADPlus or copy the link to an image file and paste it into a drawing.


2. gCADPlus gcp files internal database

As part of the gCADPlus drop down menu, gCADPlus can also load, edits and works with its own internal plant lists. These lists are simple text files bearing the extension .gcp .

Plant tools

Sample plant list

Plant Lists

We have included a spelling checker in that tool. The red underlines in the figure above show that these species names have not yet been added to the dictionary. This is an important step to ensuring that botanical names are accurate.

These plant list files are associated with each design. It is possible to attach unique files for each job or attach a more general list. It is possible to use SppDb, create a list and then import into gCADPlus.

3. External databases

Online web databases such as Deep Root can also be used in association with gCADPlus drawings.


Plant databases