Oregon saxifrage grows in bogs, marshes, wet meadows and prairies throughout the west. It has fleshy roots that divide by off-sets and flowers that bloom April-May. Nectar species for Mylitta Cresent Butterfly.
This checkermallow grows many upright stems to 4 ft. or more covered in showy white to pale pink flowers, May-June. When using in the garden, cut back after flowering to get more flowers. Forms large robust clumps and is an easy perennial. It has proven a winner on restoration sites establishing quickly and persisting over the long-haul. It is found in both wet and dry prairies. There are both early (May) and later (June-July) blooming forms of which we carry both. Host plant for Gray Hairstreak and nectar for: Fenders Blue, Taylor's Checkerspot, and Checkered Skipper.
Like a miniature hollyhock with vibrant pink flowers, in a garden, this checkermallow works best near the front of a border as its only 2 ft. tall. Blooming May-June, cut it back and irrigate to get more flowers. As with tall checkermallow, it shines on upland restoration sites. Establishing quickly and persisting over the long-haul. Hose plant for Checkered Skippers and Gray Hairstreak and key nectar species for Fenders Blue and Taylor's Checkerspot butterflies.
Blue-eyed grass is a key component of our wet prairies. The deep-blue flowers attract bees early in the day but close by mid-morning making them hard to spot in the landscape. The dark, clustered seed heads and slender, iris-like leaves make it reappear when the prairie turns a golden-tan in mid-summer.
Solidago lepida var. salebrosa (Western Goldenrod)
For both wildlife gardens and restorations, Western goldenroad provides late-summer sprays of yellow flowers with soft foliage that are important resources for butterflies and bees. It is rhizomatous often forming colonies so makes a good bedding plant (rhizomatous), 2-3 ft tall. Provides nectar for Black Hairstreak butterflies along willow riparian areas.
Hall's aster is a hardy perennial that spreads by rhizomes with numerous small, white to pale-pink asters blooming late in the summer. A key plant for restoration sites as late-season pollinator resource. A butterfly magnet!
Thalictrum fendleri var. polycarpum (Mountain Meadow-rue)
Tall meadowrue is found it mixed forests, oak woodlands, and along streams in shaded moist forests. It is a striking plant growing over 6 feet tall with bluish columbine-like leaves that stay green until late-summer then turn yellow in autumn. The plants have separate male and female flowering stalks.
Meadow deathcamas may have a bad rap for due to its toxicity to mammals but as a habitat plant for pollinators it is incredibly important. It grows in many habitats though out the west from dry sage-brush steppe to upland prairies. It has abundant star-like, cream-colored flowers bloom in late-spring and attract many species of bees. Death camas is unrelated to Camassia species which were an important food plant for Native Americans
This small annual is native to moist or wet areas of prairies. It can be distinguished from non-native Veronica species by its white flowers and stems that have linear leaves and glandular hairs. The non-native has blue flowers, shallowly lobed leaves, and no glandular hairs.
This early blooming species has delicate blue flowers nestled in tufts of dark green leaves. In a wildlife garden, the long-bloom period makes it a great bedding plant. Hookedspur violet is a used a both a nectar and larval host for a variety of butterflies. It does best on upland restoration sites where competition from invasive plants and grassy thatch are kept to a minimum. 4-8 inches tall.
This early-blooming species has deep yellow flowers and soft, fuzzy leaves. In a wildlife garden, the long-bloom period makes it a great bedding plant. It grows in moist to dry open woodlands and prairie where it attracts a variety of early pollinators. It does best on upland restoration sites where competition from invasive plants and grassy thatch are kept to a minimum. 8-10 inches tall.
Very showy, large yellow flowers (sunflower family), large expressive leaves (aka "mule's ears"). The seeds are large and attract goldfinches at the height of summer. Nectar species for Field Cresent butterflies.