Although the flowers are not showy, this plant is a must for a restoration site due to attracting many, many species of native bumblebees. The slender flower stems produce flowers for weeks; increasing its value for pollinators. It is found in upland prairies and mixed woodlands.
Western sweetroot is an erect woodland perennial in the carrot family. It has dark-green, divided leaves all the way up the stem topped with a delicate, flat-topped flower heads with many small, yellowish flowers. The seeds ripen into black, needle-shaped seeds while the leaves are still green and full, making it an outstanding plant for a woodland garden.
Willow dock is native to many moist habitats throughout the west. Its habitat value in our native western Oregon prairies is not as a pollinator plant (it is wind-pollinated) but as a larval host-plant for butterflies such as the rare Great Copper. Restoration efforts are underway in the Willamette Valley to restore populations by providing both the nectar source, Grindelia integrifolia (gumweed), and the host-plant willow dock.