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Many of today's environmental challenges can be addressed through the use of plants. Plants hold soil in place, protect stream banks and shores, filter pollutants, offer food for livestock and cover for wildlife. They heal the land after wildfire and mining, floods, and drought. They beautify our surroundings.

Plant Materials Program

The Plant Materials Program provides application-oriented plant technology including technical publications, fact sheets, conservation plant releases and plant identification tools for conducting plant materials work and land restoration, and other plant information. The Program includes a network of 25 Plant Materials Centers (PMCs) and associated Plant Materials Specialists serving all 50 states and territories.  Learn more about the Plant Materials Program and the Plant Materials Program's Mission.

PLANTS Database

The PLANTS Database, managed by the National Plant Data Team (NPDT), provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, interactive identification keys, automated tools, references and onward web links. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged. PLANTS reduces government spending by minimizing duplication and making information exchange possible across agencies and disciplines.

Special Features

  • Plants for Insects and Pollinators Publications - Plant Materials Centers are working to select plants and provide recommendations on plants which will enhance pollinator populations throughout the growing season. These wildflowers, trees, shrubs, and grasses are an integral part of the conservation practices that landowners, farmers, and ranchers install as part of their conservation plan.
  • Cover Crops and Soil Health - The NRCS’s National Soil Health and Sustainability Team and Plant Materials Program are working together to improve our knowledge of using cover crop mixes to produce healthy soils.
  • Plant Materials Technical Publications and Resources