Dream, Research, Design, Build, Plant, Grow, Harvest

The Natural Capital™ Plant Database is a repository of plant information for ecological design. Our partner designers have combined the best sources of plant research and documentation in order to provide the highest integrity for a wide variety of users.  Whether you are a first-time gardener or an experienced permaculture designer, we hope you find the information you need to take your knowledge of plants and ecological systems to the next level.  We use citations from multiple sources and provide detail on plant characteristics, tolerances and behaviors, ecological functions, human uses, concerns, and plant associates.

The Natural Capital Plant Database provides a variety of design tools from searching for plants based on selected criteria to creating ecological analogs.  Downloadable query spreadsheets are formatted on most of the screens with all the information needed for sorting and refining plant choices.

The success of carefully designed plant systems is fairly predictable, but plants vary in size and growth rates based on numerous environmental factors.  Check with local growers, nurseries, and institutions for the best species, cultivars, and management practices for your area. Source your plant materials locally or from growers at the same latitude, zone, and climate.

Comments and links to new sources for plant data is always appreciated.

Thank you for being a part of the Natural Capital™ Plant Database Community.


   Paula Westmoreland                            Daniel Halsey

   Ecological Gardens                      SouthWoods Forest Gardens


 Join us for the monthly Natural Capital Plant Database webinar.

Go to: https://southwoodspermaculture.adobeconnect.com/ncpd/

We will do a quick refreshing tour of the site and then practice a few searches and some techniques with Microsoft Excel and the plant lists. There will be a chat box for questions and an opportunity for you to upload your designs or plant lists to discuss. Keep in mind this is a group discussion and there may be quite a few people involved, so we want to keep our questions so everyone benefits

We will try to have these webinars the last Tuesday of the month at 6 PM Central standard Time. Login with your natural capital username when the login page comes up. There may be a small upload from Adobe as an add-on to your browser. It is harmless and required for the webinar tools.


Use your e-mail address.

Please do not share your access. Contact us for group access.