a service of   The Calflora Database
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.

The eVegGuide 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 from the 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, please write to us.

Version 2.23 April, 2014

4ETa Zone
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

Location Suitability
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

Video Tutorial:
View this 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

    19 inches.
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 electrical conductivity 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, press 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, or press . When the map appears, click on your location -- the MLRA and 4ETa Zone will be inferred from the place you clicked.

Plant Detail
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

Final Report
To select a plant for the final report, click on the  0 %   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%, press . At this point, only the selected plants appear.

For a Microsoft Word version of the final report, press .

Searching for Treatments, Plants, and Mixes
Press the Search tab to search various components of the eVegGuide database, including treatments, plants, and seed mixes.

Please contact us if you need immediate help using the eVegGuide.
NRCS California eVegGuide Help Resources
Plant Web Links
The following applications are available for viewing and editing the eVegGuide data: