It has bright rose to purple urn like flowers. Taper-tip onion grows on rocky outcrops and dry prairies with annuals such as blue-eyed Mary and rusty popcorn flower. Key nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly.
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia (Common Fiddleneck)
Common fiddleneck is found in both wet and dry prairies and has bristly hairs on the foliage. The large, elongating flower stems are bright orange and curl at the ends (like the head of a fiddle). The seed is a favorite food on our native goldfinches. It does best in disturbed habitats and areas of low competition.
Our columbine blooms from spring to early summer with intricate red and yellow flowers. Cut back for second bloom or leave chambered seed cups to attract seed-eating birds. A versatile landscape and garden plant - very attractive to pollinators. Sun to light shade.
Douglas's sagewort is a three-four foot perennial that forms a 3-4 foot wide patch and has the fragrance of sage. It is found on woodland edges, stream banks, ditch banks, road cuts or other disturbed areas. It also tolerates sand and seasonal flooding. The flowers are wind pollinated
Narrow-leaf milkweed attracts butterflies and bees and is smaller in stature than showy milkweed. It tolerates very dry conditions and is, typically, found in thin rocky soil areas in the Willamette Valley. It is a host plant for Monarch butterflies.
This summer charmer was selected for its masses of brilliant pink flowers that are presented with great aplomb for many months. Excellent as a bedding plant or great candidate for containers. It is surprisingly hardy and easy to grow. Great summer and autumn appeal.
Late-flowering lily with violet-purple, vase-shaped flowers in a loose umbel. Harvest brodiaea is found in wet prairies and vernal pools often with other members of the lily family such as camas, slim-leaved onion, and hyacinth brodiaea. 6-10" tall.
With intensely blue, starry flowers in dense spikes in a carefree package the camas is a useful addition to gardens. It will gently reseed itself given light shade to full sun and some spring moisture. Dormancy starts in June so it is a great candidate for mixing with other perennials. 18 in. tall. Occasional nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly.
Chamisso sedge is natives to western North America and is found in many types of habitats. It can tolerate drier conditions than most of our native sedges. It grows in wet prairies but also on forest edges.
This tall (up to 5 feet in flower) perennial grass is native to many western states and does well in a variety of habitats. The flowers are in spikes with long awns and turn golden brown in our mid-summer prairies looking impressive as they wave in the breeze. This is not a dominant grass of our Willamette Valley prairies but an important component to add diversity to a site
This native annual is found in wet prairies and ditches. It has tall spikes of magenta flowers that provide late summer color.. The small seeds are attractive to goldfinches during their breeding season. 2-4 ft tall
Because this is the dominant native bunchgrass in the upland prairies west of the Cascades from southern British Columbia to central California it is an easy choice for mass plantings. With its fine thread-like leaves of steely blue-gray that form tussocks 10 in. height, it is very beautiful too, even planted individually in the landscape. No concern over ecological invasiveness. Drought and deer resistant.
The flowers seem to float above the greenery in the Willamette Valley, where it grows among taller grass. Our iridescent solitary bees are very common sight on the large purple-violet flowers that are presented over a long period; June through early July. 16" tall, 20" wide. Key nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly.
Bright yellow rosaceous flowers clustered in upper leaf axils, compound lobed leaves, 2-3 ft tall when in flower. Does very well in a garden setting often blooming again after deadheading. Native to wetlands, streambanks and woodland edges..
Gunnera is one of South America's best contributions to our gardens, with leaves easily reaching 5 ft. across and 7 ft. high, sometimes more! It is easy and rapid-growing in moist soil, blossoming annually with tiny flowers on large 2 ft. club-like structures. Our liners finish fast in a #2 or #3 container. (Note: For a plant that loves water, it seems oddly averse to the high summer humidity of the East and Southeast).
Fragrant popcorn flower is found in wet meadows/bogs and vernally wet areas. In vernal pools it puts on quite a show with other annuals such as showy downingia and monkey flower and perennials such as common camas, few-flowered shooting star and meadow trefoil. Occasional nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly.
We offer a mix of two key annual species of wet prairies and vernal pools. Fragrant popcorn flower and Scouler's popcornflower are often found together in these habitats. The growth habit of Scouler's popcorn is more prostrate that fragrant popcorn flower and has smaller flowers.
Rusty popcorn flower is most often found in dry grasslands and open woodlands. In western Oregon, it can be found growing in rock outcrops with Oregon white oak and madrone and other annuals such as blue-eyed Mary and rosy plectritis creating quite a beautiful natural rock garden.
Rosy plectritis is an outstanding annual for restorations. Its bright pink flowers are attractive to numerous pollinators including spring butterflies. It grows best on thin soils of upland sites or in wet prairies with low competition from perennials. Key nectar species for Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly.
Potentilla gracilis (Slender or Graceful Cinquefoil)
Just as the common name says, this plant produces a graceful 1' mound of lacy fretted palmate foliage with sunshine yellow flowers. In western Oregon, it is a key species in both our wet and dry prairies and its long bloom-time in June attracts numerous native pollinators.
Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata (Lance Self-heal)
Our native self-heal, Oregon sunshine, and yarrow, are the work-horse species of restoration sites. The small seeds are attractive to goldfinches. Good bedding plant in the garden (short-rhizomes), purple spikes of flowers, medicinal plant "self-heal" used for many ailments, 0.5-2 ft tall. Nectar species for Sonora skipper and many other long tongued butterflies.
This native buttercup blooms April through mid-May and is an early shining star of our prairies. Very persistent due to self-sowing. It also makes a nice addition to native gardens giving our native bees important resources early in the season.
This small-flowered native buttercup is known by the common names woodland buttercup and little buttercup. It is native to many parts of the west where it grows in wet prairies or wet, wooded habitat such as oak/ash woodland and forested streambanks. It often grows as a biennial.
Curvpod yellowcress is found throughout the west in a variety of wet habitats. In our prairie habitats, it is found with other annuals in areas with low cover of other vegetation such as vernal pools. In mild winters, it can act as a biennial.
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.
This annual can often overwinter as a perennial in mild winters. It can be found in a variety of wet habitats from meadows to vernal pools to bogs where other vegetation is sparse. It has delicate, finely dissected leaves with blue-green cast, flowers are green. Sanguisorba sp. are known for their high forage value for wildlife species.
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.
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.