Resources for Growing Plants in Nevada

Plant Database

The PLANTS Database is a complete guide to the vascular plants (and mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens) of the and its territories with more than 500 Fact Sheets and Plant Guides on the uses, establishment, and management of selected conservation plants. Find plants by state, distribution, threatened and endangered species, noxious weeds and over 40,000 plant images. Developed by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Trees for Conservation – planning, planting, carePublished by Colorado State Forest Service, this publication provides complete information on planting and maintaining conservation trees.

Planting Guide from Colorado Forest Service Complete guide to planning and caring for tree/shrub seedlings.

Trees are Good An educational site sponsored by the International Society of Arboriculture ISA that provides quality tree care information.

How to Prune Trees was written to help people properly prune the trees they care about. If you doubt your ability to safely prune large trees, please hire a professional arborist. 

A site for promoting the sustainable harvest of wild pinyon nuts – Harvest forecasts, fact sheets, and additional resources

Drip Irrigation

Taking the Guesswork out of Drip Irrigation From Sunset Magazine this two page handout is an easy-to-use guide to determine how much water your plants need and how often to water with a drip irrigation system.

Ins and Outs of Drip Irrigation. Chapter 7 from the Small Ranch Projects Guided by Nevada Cooperative Extension, provides complete information on types of drip irrigation systems, assessing water pressure and availability, estimating the number of emitters and basic drip irrigation installation and use information.– This site is a self described… mother lode of free irrigation information, offering descriptions and illustrations of putting together drip irrigation systems, the supplies needed, installing drip systems on hillsides, gravity flow systems and much more.

Climate Information

Plant Hardiness Zone Maps: 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map , and the 2015 National Arbor Day Foundation Hardiness Zone Map with revised hardiness zones based upon changing climatic trends from 5,000 National Climatic Data Center stations in Nevada.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Horticulture Program has many publications on watering wisely, plant selection and environmentally friendly landscape techniques.

A field guide to collecting seeds in Nevada

Fire and Plants

Fire Effects Information Services (FEIS) provides up-to-date information about fire effects on plants, lichens, and animals. The emphasis of each report is fire and how it affects species. Background information on taxonomy, distribution, basic biology, and ecology of each species is also included. See also Choosing the Right Plants – For Northern Nevada’s High Fire Hazard Areas

Noxious Weeds

Nevada Natural Heritage Program maintains an inventory of all threatened, endangered, sensitive and at risk species, and biological communities and noxious weed infestations in Nevada.


Windbreak handouts Search for the following windbreak handouts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln website.

  • Drip Irrigation Design for Windbreaks
  • Drip Irrigation Design for Windbreaks
  • How Windbreaks Work
  • Windbreak Design
  • Windbreak Establishment
  • Windbreaks for Rural Living

Additional information on drip irrigation and conservation plant resources specific to growing in northern or southern Nevada are on the Elko, Washoe State Tree Nursery and Las Vegas State Tree Nursery web pages.

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