Our native yarrow is one of our most common prairie plants and can be found in both wet and dry prairies. It is quick to establish on restoration sites so is great to use for enhancement or on disturbed areas. This member of the carrot family attracts many different pollinators and beneficial insects making it an important habitat plant. It can have white to pink flowers, 1-2 ft.
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.
The Monarch butterfly host plant with great retail appeal, so it's easy to sell. It is unusual and showy with 3-in., globes of pink-tinged, star-shaped flowers. This increasingly rare plant is the only genus on which Monarch butterflies will deposit eggs. The nectar-filled flowers, opening late summer, exude a pleasing sweet fragrance and produce magnificent seed pods. 2-3 ft. tall.
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
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.
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..
Tall, robust native perennial in the carrot family found often in roadside ditches and wet seeps in prairies. The large, bright white flowers in late-May attract numerous non-bee pollinators and beneficial insects. A perfect hedge-row plant!
This integral part of our meadows is very well branched, forming a dense mound of attractive silvery green foliage with many tall, 10" flowering stems. Usually pale blue; some plants have white flowers while others can be dark blue. Over all a great plant. 20" tall. Nectar species for Fenders Blue Butterfly.
This perennial lupine has deep-lavender flowers and widely lobed leaves that are tinged with purple. It grows a variety of habitats in the west. In the Willamette Valley it can be found in dry prairies and foothills. It will tolerate some woodland edge shade.
Flowers are large and beautiful, fringed, bright yellow, and often with a magenta center. The foliage is aromatic (sweet), it flowers for an extended period (up to 2 mo.) but flowers close by mid-morning, 4-5 ft tall (in garden or without competition). The seed is a small sunflower seed that attracts many birds.
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.
Another really great summer blooming umbel for the garden. A slender 2' perennial with delicate, grass-like leaves and several compound umbels of minute white flowers. Similar to the invasive Queen Anne's Lace but much more elegant. Best planted in tight clumps.
Selected long ago at Bellevue Botanic Garden, WA, for its superior form and color. It emerges every spring with dark chocolate foliage. Over the season, the leaves age to green with some ruddy highlights. White flowers on stems to 4 ft., leaves to 24 in.
It is widely recognized as one of the best forms that emerges with red leaves. The color is retained longer than other varieties, especially in full sun. Rodgersia are prone to spring frost so choosing a good site is important, and if they do get burnt back they will re-emerge. They are strong. Spreading ground cover to 24 in. in foliage, and 4ft., in blossom with white flowers.
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 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.
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!
Symphytum x uplandicum 'Axminster Gold' (Variegated Russian Comfrey)
A plant of real distinction with large leaves boldly edged in vibrant yellow. Robust to 3 ft. in flower, it will enliven any area where it grows. Easy and very fast in spring - a great attention grabbing garden center flip.
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.