The NRCS eVegGuide (electronic Vegetative Guide) is a tool for finding plants and seeds for NRCS land conservation practices. An eVegGuide report shows recommended plants, seeds, and planting recommendations to implement a particular practice at a chosen location.
is a sub-section of the California eFOTG (electronic Field Office Technical Guide).
It contains the most recent information from the
Lockeford Plant Materials Center and the USDA Plants database.
Further information and documentation is available
eFOTG web page.
Version 3.03 October, 2016
Version 3.01 May, 2016
Version 2.33 November, 2015
Accumulated Temperature and Growing Season are now included as an additional climate factors in location suitability testing. (Accumulated Temperature helps to distinguish very hot places from moderately hot places; read more about it here.)
Both of these factors are available as map background layers.
Version 2.32 October, 2015
There is 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, or elevation. For native plants, this column will add a warning if the plant has not been reported growing wild near the location (within ~ 10 miles).
Plants in the list will be ordered by the number of suitability warnings, with plants that have no warnings at the top of the list, plants that have one warning in the middle, and plants that have more than one warning at the bottom of the list (on a pink background).
New Cover Crop Purposes
Most of the plants recommended for these purposes are non-natives, but some natives are included in Nitrogen fixation and Attract beneficial insects. Some plants are useful for more than one purpose. You can see all purposes for which a plant is recommended in the plant detail panel (click on the scientific name of the plant).
Also, data for the Cover Crop practice is not specific to an MLRA. The same plants appear in the results no matter which MLRA is chosen. Especially for the natives, pay attention to the Suitability column to see what plants are appropriate at your chosen location.
Version 2.30 May, 2015
In the Report tab, you can choose ANY as the value for MLRA. This has the following effect: Instead of looking for plants in a specific MLRA, the software will include plants from any MLRA in the results. Following this approach, be sure to select a location on the map, and then pay attention to the Suitability column to see what plants are appropriate at the chosen location.
Invasive Plant Footnote
Version 2.29 April, 2015
The name of practice 512 has been changed from
Version 2.28 February, 2015
The Treatment Viewer now has the ability to sort results by Scientific Name, MLRA, or Practice. The Treatment Viewer also saves search parameters in the URL, which makes it easy to return later to see the same results, or to share them with someone else. For instance, here is a Treatment Viewer search for all plants recommended for Practice 550 (Range Planting) in MLRA 14.
There is also a new Plant Count by Practice and Subpractice for each MLRA page, which shows a count of plants for each Practice/Subpractice/MLRA, along with a link to the Treatment Viewer (to see the specific plants).
Version 2.25 July, 2014
The following practices have been removed:
Animal trails & walkways - 568
Stream Habitat Improvement & Management - 395
Shallow Water Development and Management - 646
Early Successional Habitat Development & Management - 647
Recreational Area Improvement - 562
The following practices have been added:
Tree/Shrub Establishment - 612
There have also been several changes to the Plant Type classification. All plants that were classified Crop are now classified Cereal Grain. All plants in the family Fabaceae are now classified Legume.
Version 2.23 April, 2014
4ETa Zone can still be selected manually. To find the 4ETa zone of a particular location, open the map and click on it to indicate the location. Then choose 4ETa Zones from the BACKGROUND drop down. The map will show 4ETa zones, and the 4ETa zone of the chosen location will be indicated at the top left of the map.
Version 2.18 December, 2013
Version 2.12 October, 2013
Map Background Layers
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 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
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
For a Microsoft Word version of the final report, press .
Searching for Treatments, Plants, and Mixes