Here’s a Great Resource for Learning More About Your Plants

Are you considering planting a new kind of forage in your pasture? Do you have trees or bushes that you're trying to manage and you need to know more about them to be successful? Would you like to know what plants grow in your state? Well, here's the website you need to answer all those questions and more! The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) PLANTS Database has all kinds of plant information to help with conservation planning and vegetation management. On the left-hand side of the page is a menu of all the different topics covered. On the right-hand side of the page is another menu - one that might help you jump directly to your area of interest. The Plant Guides are an especially quick way to add to your knowledge base. It includes information on over 1,000 plants, including grasses, legumes, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. The guides lead off with both common and scientific names, followed by a botanical description of the plant. The range of occurrence and zones within the range where the species occurs are described, along with other species that occur in the same area. A Uses section describes how the plant is used for conservation, covering topics like wildlife habitat, pollinator habitat, livestock grazing, landscape restoration, conservation practices, and ornamental applications. The Guides also describe how to establish and manage plantings. Ethnobotanical information may be included and covered in depth for culturally significa

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