USDA Plants Database

USDA Plants Database
  • Author
    Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Date
    23 Jul 2014
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  • Publisher
    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)


About the Site

The PLANTS Database is a compendium of information for all plants native to the U.S. or its territories. It includes well-organized Plant Guides classified by State, hardiness zones, and preservation status, as well as Fact Sheets on protected areas, culturally significant plants and introduced or invasive species. It also features maps and printable educational materials, and beginner guides on alternative crops. This information is all presented on a standardized  and easily-searchable manner, and is fact-checked by the United States Department of Agriculture.

About the Organization

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the official executive department in charge of developing and implementing the Federal Government's policy on farming, food sustainability, agricultural technology, and forestry. It protects farmers and ranchers, promotes agricultural trade and development, and regulates food safety standards.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is the branch of the USDA that deals specifically with preserving the nations' natural wealth, by working with private land owners to better care for protected areas, improve  the quality of arable land, and maintain biodiversity.

Featured Herbs

  • Almond, ARS Scientists Develop Self-pollinating Almond Trees
  • Amaranth, Basic Report 20002: Amaranth grain, cooked
  • Avocado
  • Banana, Musa acuminata Colla - edible banana
  • Bearded Usnea, Usnea Dill. ex Adans. beard lichen
  • Blackberry, Oregon Berry Production ; Thornless Processing Blackberry Cultivars
  • Blackcurrant, Species Records of Ribes
  • Buchu, Agathosma betulina (Bergius) Pill. buchu ; Classification for Kingdom Plantae Down to Genus Agathosma Willd.
  • Carrot, Carrot Facts
  • Cherry, First report of sweet cherry virescence disease in China and its association with infection by a 'Candidatus Phytoplasma ziziphi'-related strain
  • Cleavers, Galium aparine L. stickywilly
  • Coffee, Coffea arabica
  • Coltsfoot, USDA Forest Service: Tussilago farfara
  • Comfrey, Symphytum officinale
  • Dandelion, USDA Forest Service: Taraxacum officinale
  • Devil's Claw, Taxon: Harpagophytum procumbens (Burch.) DC. ex Meisn
  • Dill, Farmer's Bulletin No. 1977: Savory Herbs: Culture and Use
  • Echinacea, Eastern Purple Coneflower
  • Elecampane, Inula helenium L. elecampane inula
  • Eucalyptus, Allelopathy Considerations for Planted Eucalyptus
  • Fireweed, Plant profile for Chamerion angustifolium
  • Goldenrod, Canada Goldenrod
  • Gotu Kola, Plant Profile for Centella asiatica
  • Guava, Guavas: 2011 Production Up 46 Percent
  • Holy Basil, Ocimum tenuiflorum L. holy basil
  • Juniper, Juniperus communis L. common juniper
  • Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia
  • Lemon Balm, PLANTS Profile for Melissa officinalis
  • Linden, Tilia americana L.
  • Maize, Zea mays L.
  • Meadowsweet, Spiraea alba Du Roi var. latifolia (Aiton) Dippel white meadowsweet
  • Mesquite, Classification for Kingdom Plantae Down to Genus Prosopis L.
  • Onion, Plant Profile for Allium cepa
  • Oregano, Natural Resources Conservation: Origanum vulgare, 2013
  • Pecan, USDA Forest Service. Northeastern Area, Carya illinoensis
  • Peppermint, The cultivation of Peppermint and Spearmint
  • Prune, Genus Prunus L.
  • Pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo L. var. pepo field pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Family, Cucurbita pepo L. field pumpkin
  • Quinoa, Quinoa: A Plant with a Lot of Potential
  • Red Poppy, Papaver rhoeas L. corn poppy
  • Sage, The spice market in the United States: 1995 Annual Report
  • Sandalwood, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Santalum L.
  • Scots Pine, Forest Service: Scotch Pine
  • Self-heal, Plant fact sheet for lance selfheal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata)
  • Senna, Plant Profile for Cassia Senna
  • Shepherd's Purse, Capsella bursa-pastoris (L.) Medik. shepherd's purse
  • Skullcap, Classification: Scutellaria L.
  • Slippery Elm, Forest Service, Silvics Manual: Slippery Elm
  • Spearmint, Peppermint and Spearmint: An Economic Assessment of the Feasibility of Providing Multiple-Peril Crop Insurance
  • Sunflower, Annual Sunflower
  • Sweet Potato, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam., sweetpotato
  • Sweet Wormwood, Classification for Kingdom Plantae Down to Genus Artemisia L
  • Tamarind, Plant Profile for Tamarindus Indica
  • Tangerine, Agriculture Handbook Number 66: Mandarin (Tangerine)
  • Tomato, Vegetables and Pulses: Tomatoes
  • Uva Ursi, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (L.) Spreng.kinnikinnick ; Species, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
  • Valerian, Valeriana officinalis L.
  • Veronica, Plant profile for Veronica officinalis
  • Vitex Chasteberry, Forest Service: Vitex agnus-castus Chastetree
  • What is Pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo L. var. pepo field pumpkin
  • What is Lemon Balm, PLANTS Profile for Melissa officinalis
  • Witch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana L. (American witch hazel) ; Plant of the Week
  • Yarrow, Achillea millefolium L. common yarrow
  • Yellow and White Turmeric, Curcuma zedoaria (Christm) Roscoe zedoary | Curcuma longa L.
  • Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata