The NRCS eVegGuide
(electronic Vegetative Guide)
is a tool for finding plant alternatives based on specific NRCS land conservation practices for a particular MLRA (Major Land Resource Area). It provides lists of recommended plants, as well as seed and planting recommendations.
is a sub-section of the California eFOTG (electronic Field Office Technical Guide).
It contains the most recent information available from the
Lockeford Plant Materials Center and the USDA Plants database.
Further information and documentation is available for download
eFOTG web page.
If you have questions about the use or content of the eVegGuide please contact:
Plant recommendations for the various practices in the
various MLRAs were solicited from NRCS California field offices
during the period 2009 - 2010.
However, there are areas which are still inadequately covered.
If you have suggestions for additional plants
which are known to work in your area, or
other corrections for the eVegGuide,
write to us.
RELEASE NOTESVersion 2.23 April, 2014
On the Report page,
from version 2.0 on, the MLRA and the 4ETa Zone was
filled in automatically when you clicked on the map.
In this version, the 4ETa Zone is no longer filled in automatically.
This change is to accomodate new plants which have no
known range of 4ETa Zone values -- if a 4ETa Zone
is specified in the search, the search will not find any plants
which do not have 4ETa Zone values.
4ETa Zone can still be selected manually.
Version 2.18 December, 2013
There is now a column in the plant report called Suitability.
Choose a point on the map, choose a practice, and press
. The Suitability column
will indicate which of those plants in the results are
not suitable for the location because of climate factors,
soil factors, elevation, or because the plant
has not been reported growing wild
near the location (within ~ 10 miles).
To see details about the suitability of a plant to the
chosen location, click on the plant name to open the plant
detail panel, and press the Location Suitability link.
This goes to a Plant / Location Suitability page,
which shows how various characteristics of the location
mesh with tolerances of the plant.
(For instance, here is the
Plant / Location Suitability
page for purple needle grass
at a location that is too dry.)
Version 2.15 November, 2013
YouTube Video about how to use the eVegGuide.
Version 2.12 October, 2013
Map Background Layers
There are new background layers available on the map.
Press the Report tab, then press
When the map opens up, choose a
BACKGROUND layer from the drop down.
New climate layers (from PRISM data) are available,
including annual precipitation, wet season, and
temperature range. New soil layers (from SSURGO data)
are available, including depth, pH, and salinity.
When a background layer is showing, click on the map
to see the value of the layer at that location.
For instance, if the Annual Precipitation layer is showing,
and you click on the town of Davis, you should see
Climate & Soil Profile
While the map is open, check
CLIMATE & SOIL PROFILE.
A yellow panel opens to the left of the map which
shows all climate and soil factors
for the chosen location
Click on the name of factor for an explanation.
(For instance, salinity as reported here comes from
in the SSURGO data.)
There is also a link to the California Soil Resource Lab
(SoilWeb) page which offers a full explanation of the
chosen SSURGO map unit and all of its components.
At the bottom of the panel there is a link
Plants that grow under these conditions,
which goes to Calflora's
Advanced Search for Plants
page, and searches for plants which meet the climate
and soil conditions of the location.
(Note that this is an experimental feature
which is still being tuned and refined.)
Version 2.0 September, 2011
Press in the upper right to login before using
the eVegGuide. If this is your first time using it,
to set up a free Calflora account.
This version of the eVegGuide is available to anyone with a Calflora account.
The eVegGuide uses the same login
system as Calflora. Once you have logged into the eVegGuide,
you can use Calflora, and vice-versa.
Choose Location on a Map
Press the Report tab to run a plant or seed mix report.
On this page, you can choose MLRA and 4ETa Zone directly,
When the map appears, click on your location -- the MLRA and
4ETa Zone will be inferred from the place you clicked.
Choose a practice and subpractice, and press
To see information about a particular plant, click on the
Scientific Name, and a plant detail panel opens up.
From this panel you can
click through to a Calflora Taxon Report or a USDA PLANTS Profile
click through to CNPLX to see if this plant is available
at any nearby nurseries
click nearby locations to see if Calflora has any
observations of the plant growing in the wild near your current location
To select a plant for the final report, click on the
in the left hand column, type in a percent, and press
When you have selected several plants, and the total percent
adds up to 100%,
At this point, only the selected plants appear.
For a Microsoft Word version of the final report,
Searching for Treatments, Plants, and Mixes
Press the Search tab to search
various components of the eVegGuide database,
including treatments, plants, and seed mixes.
contact us if you need immediate help using the