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Conservation Plant Characteristics Data Definitions
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About PLANTS Characteristics

PLANTS contains an expanded data set of Conservation Plant Characteristics that are primarily used to support the VegSpec application, a web-based decision support system that helps land managers plan and design natural resource conservation plantings. PLANTS Characteristics contains about one hundred plant characteristics ranging from growth form and growth requirements to suitability for various uses.

PLANTS Characteristics have been compiled for over 2,000 species and an additional 500 cultivars from the scientific literature, gray literature, agency documents, and the knowledge of plant specialists. Characteristics data values are best viewed as approximations since they are primarily based on field observations and estimates from the literature, not precise measurements or experiments. If you think the data can be improved, please contact the Data Steward.