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Conservation Plants

The Plant Materials Program, with its 25 Plant Materials Centers (PMCs), cooperates with a variety of public and private conservation partners to collect, evaluate, select, and release plants which are intended for commercial production to solve resource conservation problems. Evaluation helps ensure that the plants grow under a variety of climates and soil types and will perform as needed.

Plants offer a natural solution for addressing many conservation challenges. From preventing soil erosion, capturing nutrients, and improving water quality to providing forage for livestock, enhancing wildlife and pollinator habitat, and restoring lands after wildfires, plants are a sustainable resource that help protect and heal our landscapes.

Conservation Plant Releases

Conservation PlantsThis online listing includes all currently active conservation plants that have been released by the Plant Materials Program, including those released with our partners. The majority of these released conservation plants are available as seed or plants from commercial vendors. 

Discontinued Conservation Plant Releases - With 80+ years of evaluation and release, occasionally some conservation plants are replaced by newer materials, are no longer commercially available, or are no longer desirable for natural resource conservation activities. This list recognizes the Plant Materials Program’s plant release history and our proactive actions to discontinue those no longer recommended or available for conservation and restoration plantings.

Featured Document

This information includes native forbs/wildflowers and legumes selected by the Plant Materials Program that are useful in creating habitat for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other important pollinators.  This spreadsheet is best used as a reference resource to extract data for other purposes.