Washington State Plant Materials Program
Washington State Plant Materials Program
"Plant Solutions for Conservation Needs"
Developing plant species and plant technology to improve plant production and
health, and help solve natural resource concerns is one of the main objectives
of the plant materials program. Finding the right plant or plants for the job is
important when dealing with forage production, erosion control, habitat
restoration, and filtration of excess nutrients or sediment.
The NRCS Plant Materials Program has developed many native and introduced
cultivars that have proven successful for forage/range production, revegetation,
and erosion control. Proper seeding and planting procedures are essential to
assure plant species establishment. The following plant material information
will assist agency personnel and landowners with proper species selection and
establishment to serve their conservation needs.
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Common Wooly Sunflower Plant Guide (PDF; 162KB)
Medusahead (Alternative names: medusahead wildrye, medusahead rye,
rough medusahead) (PDF; 76KB)
Munro's Globemallow Plant Guide (PDF; 234KB)
Purple Sage Plant Guide (PDF; 246KB)
Sticky Purple Geranium (Alternative names: sticky geranium, pink geranium, cranesbill) (PDF; 182KB)
Seed Certification Classes document. (PDF; 454 KB)
This publication provides information to seed growers, crop improvement
associations and others regarding the Certification classes of the conservation
plant materials developed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Plant Materials Centers (PMC), the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Forage
and Range Research Laboratory (ARSFRRL) and the ARS Grain, Forage and Bioenergy
Research Unit (ARSGFBRU).
The following list of Plant Materials Technical Notes are housed at the
NRCS Electronic Field Office Technical Guide
PM-TN1 Washington Guide for Conservation Seedings and
PM-TN2 Grass, Grass-like, Forb, Legume, and Woody Species for
the Intermountain West Plant Identification
PM-TN3 Partial List of Vendors of Conservation Plants, seeds,
and Planting Supplies
PM-TN4 NRCS Plant Materials Releases
PM-TN5 Plant Identification
PM-TN6 Seedbed Preparation and Seed to Soil Contact
PM-TN7 Seed Quality, Seed Technology, and Drill Calibration
PM-TN8 Mulches and Mulching for Erosion Control
PM-TN9 Terminology and Definitions Associated with
PM-TN10 Riparian Revegetation - Plants
PM-TN11 Riparian Vegetation - Technology
PM-TN12 Wetland Revegetation - Descriptions of Selected
Species and Technology
PM-TN13 Windbreak, Shelterbelt, and Landscaping Technology
PM-TN14 Conservation Cover Technology
PM-TN15 Conservation Reserve Program Technology
PM-TN16 Threatened and Endangered Species of Washington
PM-TN17 Weeds - Descriptions of Selected Species, Control,
Herbicide Technology, and Washington State Noxious Weed Lists
PM-TN18 Green Manure and Cover Crops for the Inland Pacific
PM-TN19 Pasture - Species Selection and Grazing Management guides
PM-TN20 Evaluation of Planting Time and Survivability of 16 Forb and
2 Grass Species Native tot he Inland Northwest
Plant Materials Center website provides additional regional conservation
The three state area served by the Pullman PMC includes eastern
Washington, eastern Oregon (east of the Cascade Mountain range), and
northern Idaho. Testing has been performed at a number of locations but
currently is concentrated at Pullman and the WSU Dryland Research Unit,
Additional regional technical references, plant fact sheets, plant guides and
technical notes can be found on the
Idaho Plant Materials site.