USDA Plants Database

By Ximena L. | Updated: Jun 18, 2020

USDA Plants Database
General Information
  • 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.

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