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Cleome lutea
  • Common name: Yellow Bee Plant
  • Zone: (annual)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 1'
  • Native to: Idaho

New! A yellow version of Rocky Mountain Beelant, these two annuals are extremely valuable as food sources for native bees and butterflies as well as honeybees. Freely reseeding in the garden.

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Cleome serrulata
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
  • Zone: (annual)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 2'
  • Native to: Idaho and most of the Western U.S.

This outstanding native annual is a magnet for honey bees and native bees alike! Tall stalks end in multiple flowers that look as if they were designed by Dr. Seuss. Once it starts blooming in early to mid-summer, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant just keeps going until fall. More information here. Not currently available.

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Dalea purpurea
  • Common name: Purple Prairie Clover
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18" x 18"
  • Native to: Great Plains

Purple Prairie Clover produces lovely purple bottle-brushes on erect stems. Perfect specimen plant or as part of a meadow or prairie planting. Long-lived, with a deep taproot. Often found on eroded, depleted soils, including caliche. Supports butterflies and fixes nitrogen.

Dianthus arenarius
  • Common name: Sand Pink
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 12 inches x 1-3 feet wide.
  • Native to: Europe

Sand Pink forms large hummocks packed with narrow evergreen foliage. In late spring it is covered with extremely fragrant little white flowers like snowflakes. Attracts butterflies.

Dianthus deltoides ‘Flashing Lights’
  • Common name: 'Flashing Lights' Dianthus (Pink)
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 10 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

‘Flashing Lights’ Dianthus (Pink): This evergreen dianthus is not pink, but a deep, brilliant red. The mound of narrow, dark green, grassy leaves is attractive year-round. Great for low edging at the front edge of a bed or in a rock garden. Attracts butterflies.

 

Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’
  • Common name: 'Firewitch' Dianthus (Pink)
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

‘Firewitch’ Dianthus (Pink) is a bouquet of electric magenta flowers with frilly edges over a mound of attractive gray-green foliage. Excellent rock garden plant, or use at the front of a border. Attracts butterflies.

 

Echinacea angustifolia
  • Common name: Black Samson Coneflower
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3 ft. x 2 ft.
  • Native to: Central / Eastern US

This tap-rooted perennial is found in open, dry prairies of the Midwest, and is prized for its medicinal value. It is also highly ornamental, with lovely purple coneflowers floating above narrow-leaved stalks. Good nectar plant for butterflies and bees.

Echinacea Pallida
  • Common name: Pale Purple Coneflower
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 24 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Great Plains US

Thin purple petals of this Conflower drape delicately from a bold brown center. It is lovely in a bouquet and also great for naturalizing en masse in the garden. Its deep taproot allows it to thrive in dry soils. Nectar plant for Monarch and other butterflies. Tolerates clay. Pollinators: bees, butterflies.

Echinacea paradoxa
  • Common name: Yellow Coneflower
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 30" x 15"
  • Native to: Ozarks

This is the only Coneflower with yellow rather than purple flowers. Its drooping yellow petals surround large, coppery-brown cones. Nectar plant for Monarch and other butterflies. Tolerates clay.

Echinacea tennesseensis
  • Common name: Tennesee Coneflower
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 1 ft.
  • Native to: Tennessee

Shorter than other Echinaceas, Tennessee Coneflower cheerfully faces the rising sun and blooms like crazy–even despite heat and low water. Native to dry, rocky areas in Tennessee, it does well in the Intermountain West.

 


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Ephedra minima
  • Common name: Dwarf Mormon Tea
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Asia

This is the prostrate form of the native Mormon Tea shrub. Thin stems intertwine on the ground to gradually form a thick, sprawling, evergreen groundcover. In mid-summer dozens of bright red berry-like flowers appear, nestled down in the foliage. From Tibet, rare.

Epilobium fleischeri
  • Common name: Alpine Willowherb
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 18” x 12”
  • Native to: Europe

This is a miniature European version of our beautiful native Fireweed. We have been reluctant to offer Fireweed itself as it can be very invasive. Alpine Willowherb is much smaller and promises to be better behaved in the garden. Supports honeybees.

Erigeron compositus
  • Common name: Cutleaf Daisy
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Cutleaf Daisy is a vigorous native fleabane with dissected leaves and bushels of white flowers. Excellent for rock gardens or exposed slopes with good drainage.

Erigeron formosissimus
  • Common name: Beautiful Fleabane
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mountain West US

Beautiful Fleabane is a low-growing, early-blooming native daisy. Forms ever-widening patches over the years. Cheerful purple flowers attract pollinators.

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Erigeron linearis
  • Common name: Desert Yellow Fleabane
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 6 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Desert Yellow Fleabane is a small native daisy with cheerful yellow flowers in summer. Grows in poor soil with little care. Not currently available.

Erigeron pumilus
  • Common name: Shaggy Fleabane
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8" x 8"
  • Native to: Idaho

Cheerful little Shaggy Fleabane (Shaggy Daisy) is native to the Boise Foothills. It will survive without additional water, but will flower much more vigorously if given a bit of extra moisture.

Erigeron speciosus
  • Common name: Showy Fleabane
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 24 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Showy Fleabane is an erect native daisy with narrow leaves and cheerful purple that flowers in early to mid-summer. Usually occurs in woodland openings or edges. Attracts butterflies.

Erigeron subtrinervis
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Daisy or Threenerve Fleabane
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2' x 2'
  • Native to: Idaho

Rocky Mountain Daisy is a freely flowering purple daisy that brightens up the mid-summer garden. It is similar to Showy Fleabane (Erigeron speciosus) but is taller and blooms a bit later. Supports bees and butterflies.

Eriogonum caespitosum
  • Common name: Mat Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3" x 12"
  • Native to: Idaho

A beautiful mat-forming buckwheat topped with delicate round flowers–pale yellow, fading to pink or orange. Excellent rock garden plants. Choice!

Eriogonum compositum
  • Common name: Arrow Leaf Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12-18 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Arrow Leaf Buckwheat has big oval, pointed leaves basal leaves with leafless stems of cream to yellow pom-poms overhead. Thrives in hot, dry and poor soils. Unusually large buckwheat.

Eriogonum corymbosum
  • Common name: Lacy Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3-4 ft. x 3-4 ft.
  • Native to: Mountain West US

The largest of our Buckwheats, Lacy Buckwheat is an amazing fall bloomer. It forms large domes of finely divided woody branches that are covered with tiny white flowers Sep-Oct. Stunning! Supports honeybees and native bees. Prefers sandy/gravely soils and will tolerate poor soils. More information here.

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Eriogonum heracleoides
  • Common name: Whorled Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12-18 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Whorled Buckwheat has leathery leaves which form a basal mat sending up brilliant white, cream or yellow bon-bons in early summer. Likes well-drained soil. Boise foothills native. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

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Eriogonum jamesii
  • Common name: James’ Wild Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5-6 in. x 20 in.
  • Native to: Mountain West US

This Buckwheat forms large, dense mats covered with cream-colored to yellow flowers. It blooms during the heat of mid-summer when many other Buckwheats are done.

 

Eriogonum ovalifolium var. purpureum
  • Common name: Cushion Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10" x 10"
  • Native to: Idaho

This Buckwheat forms dense mounds of grey-green leaves topped by pinky-white pom-poms in late spring. Great for rock gardens or for any small space in the landscape. Choice!

Eriogonum racemosum
  • Common name: Redroot Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 16" x 10"
  • Native to: Southwest

This striking buckwheat bears long racemes of white or white/pink flowers atop tall, leafless stems. In its native habitat of low foothills and mountain dry meadows from New Mexico to Nevada, it can grow in colonies of hundreds or thousands

Eriogonum sp.
  • Common name: Dwarf Sulfur Buckwheat
  • Zone: 4-5 (?)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3" x 10"
  • Native to: Western U.S.

This beautiful little plant appears to be a variety of Sulfur Buckwheat. Its sculpted leaves and diminutive shrubby form make it an outstanding rock garden plant. Blooms earlier than our regular Sulfur Buckwheat.

Eriogonum strictum
  • Common name: Strict Buckwheat
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Strict Buckwheat has gorgeous sprays of pinkish-white flowers that glow in the late summer/early autumn garden. Late season nectar source for honeybees. Boise foothills native.

Eriogonum strictum ‘Leslie Gulch’
  • Common name: Leslie Gulch Strict Buckwheat
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18" x 24"
  • Native to: Eastern Oregon

This beautiful form of Strict Buckwheat was found in Leslie Gulch, E. Oregon. It blooms in mid-summer with a big spray of tiny white flowers over and attractive mound of sage green basal leaves.

Eriogonum umbellatum
  • Common name: Sulfur Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6-12 in. x 1-2 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Sulfur Buckwheat has bright yellow flower heads, silvery foliage. Spreading, mat-forming perennial that produces cream to sulfur- yellow ball-like clusters of flowers that become copper-red tinted with age. Begins flowering in early summer and continues until the fall. Prefers moderate to dry, well drained soil, do not overwater. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

Eriophyllum lanatum
  • Common name: Woolly Sunflower
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3 in. x 6 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Woolly Sunflower, also called “Oregon Sunshine” (in Oregon!), is one of the real standouts among native Idaho flowering plants. Relatively abundant but usually small in the wild, Woolly Sunflower grows to impressive size in the garden with a bit of extra water. It puts on a beautiful flush of yellow daisies in the late spring; foliage is semi-evergreen and handsome otherwise.

Erodium chrysanthum
  • Common name: Yellow Stork’s Bill
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12in. x 18in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Yellow Stork’s Bill grows into long-lived, beautiful mounds of graceful foliage that are nearly evergreen. Delicate pale yellow flowers pop up in the early summer. Doesn’t mind heat and lean soil.

Eryngium amethystinum
  • Common name: Amethyst Sea Holly
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Amethyst Sea Holly has leathery, blue-green leaves with medium-tall stems bearing striking thistle-like, steel-blue flowers and matching bracts. The flowers appear in mid summer and remain effective until fall. An eye-catching garden accent!

Eryngium yuccifolium
  • Common name: Rattlesnake Master
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-5 ft. hight
  • Native to: Midwestern Prairies (US)

Rattlesnake Master is a tall, striking accent plant with stiff, yucca-like foliage and 1” white thistle-like flowers. Name derives from traditional belief that root will cure snake bite. Native to midwestern prairies. Pollinators: bees, beetles and flies.

Gaillardia aristata
  • Common name: Blanketflower
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3 ft. x 2-3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Cheerful red flowers with yellow tips. Adaptable and reliable, this native wildflower blooms for most or all of the summer. Give haircut to in mid-summer to promote more flowering. Will seed out without being invasive. Tolerates a wide variety of soil types. Pollinators: native bees, honey bees. More information here.

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Gaura lindheimeri
  • Common name: Gaura
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 ft. x 4 ft.
  • Native to: Texas

Gaura has long graceful spikes of pinkish or white blooms float on the breeze from mid-summer to fall. Long-blooming, dramatic, easy.

Geranium viscosissimum
  • Common name: Sticky Purple Geranium
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 12-30 in. x 10-18 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Sticky Purple Geranium is found in open woods and meadows. This tall native wildflower has large deeply cleft, maple-like leaves and five petaled pinkish-purple flowers in summer, occurring in loose groups at the top of the plant. Pollinators: native bees, butterflies.

 

Geum triflorum
  • Common name: Prairie Smoke
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 12 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Prairie Smoke has early summer blooms, followed by distinctive feathery pink seed heads.  Appreciates moderate water and does best in part shade, except at higher elevations, where it thrives in full sun. Pollinators: native bees More info here.

Gypsophilia repens rosea
  • Common name: Creeping Baby's Breath
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Europe

Creeping Baby’s Breath is a vigorous spreading ground cover, creeps around other plantings and falls down walls. Covered with a burst of pink or white blooms, late spring. Easy and rewarding.

Helianthus maximiliani
  • Common name: Maximilian’s Sunflower
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: to 6 ft. high
  • Native to: Southwest US

Maximilian’s Sunflower is a vigorous perennial sunflower that comes back from roots every spring and grows to 5 or 6 feet. In late summer a profusion of smallish sunflowers, cover the upright stalks. Excellent fall interest, great along fences. Late season nectar source for bees and butterflies.

Hesperaloe parviflora
  • Common name: Texas Red Yucca
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4' x 3'
  • Native to: Texas

Tall spikes of tubular red flowers in summer attract hummingbirds. The basal leaves are long and narrow, but not sharp as in a true Yucca. Needs well-drained soil.