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Acer glabrum
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Maple
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 to 20 feet in height
  • Native to: Idaho

The Rocky Mountain Maple is a deciduous shrub, small dwarf tree or clump. Very ornamental; dark red twigs, fruit tinged red, yellow fall color. Drought and partial shade tolerance.

Acer grandidentatum
  • Common name: Big Tooth Maple
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 20 - 30 feet
  • Native to: Idaho

The Big Tooth Maple is native to western North America, along streams from Idaho to Wyoming and south to Mexico. Brilliantly colored fall foliage. Lustrous green leaves, seeds emerge rosy-pink. Shrubby in youth, rounded head at maturity. One of the most sought after inter-mountain native trees.

Achillea ‘Paprika’
  • Common name: Paprika Yarrow
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 24 in. x 30 in.
  • Native to: Cultivar of common Yarrow

Paprika Yarrow has large umbels of bright red flowers with yellow eyes in summer over fern-like deep green foliage. Deadhead to encourage continuous bloom. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Aquilegia caerulea
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Columbine
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 14-24 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Rocky Mountain Columbine: Glorious light to deep blue flowers 2-3in across sometimes bi-colored with white. An excellent border perennial, grand for cutting, in bloom for several weeks and will grow in sun or light shade. Pollinators: bumblebees, hawk moths. Tolerates clay. More info here.

Aquilegia canadensis
  • Common name: Red Columbine
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Shade/Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 2' x 2'
  • Native to: Central, Eastern U.S.

Lovely red and yellow bell-like flowers hang like tiny lanterns. Attracts hummingbirds and long-tongued insects. Best in part shade.

Aquilegia chrysantha
  • Common name: Golden-spurred Columbine
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 30 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Southwest US

Golden-spurred Columbine, a native of the canyons of the Southwest produces fragrant cheerful yellow flowers with long outward-curving spurs In late spring. The fragrant blooms rise on slender stems above beautiful blue-green, fernlike foliage. Tolerates clay.

Aquilegia formosa
  • Common name: Western Columbine
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 18-24" x 16'
  • Native to: Idaho

Delicate red flowers with yellow centers dangle gracefully from long stems. As other Columbines, this one blooms well in shady areas.

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
  • Common name: Kinnick-kinnick
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4" and sprawling
  • Native to: Idaho

Kinnick-kinnick is a glossy deep-green groundcover that does well under trees and shrubs in full sun or part shade. Small pinkish blooms are followed in fall by bird-friendly red berries. Leaves green or deep red in winter.

Arenaria hookeri ssp. desertorum
  • Common name: Hooker’s Desert Sandwort
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 1/2" x 3"
  • Native to: WY, UT, CO

Exceptionally tight green cushions with micro-fine needle-like foliage. The buns are covered with dense, flat-topped sprays of white flowers in early summer. Terrific rock garden plant, evergreen.

Asclepias speciosa
  • Common name: Showy Milkweed
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3 - 4'' x 1'
  • Native to: Idaho

Showy Milkweed was once common, but modern agricultural techniques have largely eradicated this crucial pollinator plant. Milkweed provides larval food for the dwindling Monarch butterfly. It is tall and beautiful, but spreads through the garden by root–so choose the planting site with care!

Boltonia asteroides
  • Common name: False Aster
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

False Aster is a vigorous perennial that comes back from its roots every year to produce a veritable cloud of white blossoms in fall. Hundreds of white, aster-like flowers cover this 3-4’ tall plant, creating a stunning late season focal point.

Campanula rotundifolia
  • Common name: Harebells
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 12 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Harebells is a lovely little wildflower is a native to most of the U.S., including Idaho. Its nodding blue flowers are held on wiry stems above attractive basal foliage. Great for borders, rock gardens. Pollinators: native bees. More info here.

Chasmanthium latifolium
  • Common name: Northern Sea Oats
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Central US

Northern Sea Oats’ upright bamboo-like foliage produces unique drooping, flat panicles or seed-heads. The foliage turns a beautiful bronze in the fall and remains highly ornamental throughout winter. Seed heads are great for dried bouquets.

Cornus sericea
  • Common name: Red Twig Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 7-10 ft. x 7-10 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Red Twig Dogwood (Red Osier Dogwood) is colorful all year; grows rapidly to a multi-stemmed shrub. Nectar and pollen source for native bees and 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.

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.

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.

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.

Liatris aspera
  • Common name: Button Blazing Star
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 2-3’ x 1’
  • Native to: Central, Eastern U.S.

Attractive to many native insects, including butterflies, hummingbirds and more.

Liatris spicata
  • Common name: Dense Blazing Star
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 16 in. x 12-24 in.
  • Native to: Great Plains (US)

Dense Blazing Star: With showy spikes of pink flowers over grass-like foliage, this native prairie plant will add stunning variety, texture & beauty to your border or meadow. Excellent cut flower. Nectar plant for butterflies.

 

Minuartia laricifolia
  • Common name: Larch-leaf Sandwort
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 6" x 12"
  • Native to: Europe

Sandwort-like white flowers over club-moss like foliage. Here is a low-growing woody perennial with small needle-like leaves and white flowers, It typically grows in rock crevices or on rocky soils, likes good drainage. Would benefit from afternoon shade.

Monarda fistulosa
  • Common name: Beebalm, Wild Bergamot
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 36-60 in. x 24-36 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Beebalm or Wild Bergamot is a widespread native wildflower with clusters of tufted lavender flowers and is an important plant for native bees and butterflies. A long-lived, clump-forming perennial, it is attractive at the back of a border or in a meadow-like setting.

Monardella odoratissima
  • Common name: Mountain Beebalm, Little Beebalm, Coyote Mint
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Mountain Beebalm or Little Beebalm or Coyote Mint has violet flowers in dense heads in mid-summer over compact clumps of deliciously pungent minty leaves. Great butterfly plant.

Penstemon davidsonii var. menziesii
  • Common name: Menzies’ Penstemon
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 2" x 12"
  • Native to: Oregon, Washington & British Columbia

Small shiny leaves on prostrate stems with small pink-purple blooms in late spring. This ground-hugging Penstemon crawls around rocks and underneath larger plants. Excellent Rock Garden plant. Choice.

Penstemon digitalis
  • Common name: Foxglove Penstemon
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 3’ x 2
  • Native to: Central/Eastern US

A substantial penstemon with spikes of white to pale pink flowers in June. Unlike most penstemons, it prefers slightly moist, well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.

Penstemon whippleanus
  • Common name: Whipple's Penstemon
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 22 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Whipple’s Penstemon is a striking perennial with whorls of deep purple burgundy, almost black flowers with pin-striped, cream-colored throats in mid late summer. Native to higher Idaho elevations, this penstemon can take part shade in the valleys.

Philadelphus lewisii
  • Common name: Syringa, Mock Orange
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4-10 ft. x 6-8 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Syringa or Mock Orange is a deciduous shrub with lovely four petaled flowers, incredible fragrance. In the wild, syringa grows in variety of habitats, from streambanks to lava flows. Can adjust to very low water sites. Idaho state flower.

Ribes aureum
  • Common name: Golden Currant
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 5' x 5' or taller
  • Native to: Idaho

Golden Currant is a deciduous shrub with fragrant, golden yellow flowers in early spring. Small, bright green maple-like leaves with lovely fall color. Widespread in Boise foothills. Tolerates a wide variety of conditions.  More info here.

Ribes ceruum
  • Common name: Wax Currant
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 5' x 5'
  • Native to: Idaho and Intermountain West

Wax Currant is a dense native shrub well adapted to shade or part shade locations. Small pinkish white blossoms in spring. Good bird habitat.

Rosa woodsii
  • Common name: Woods Rose
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4 ft. x 4 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Woods Rose has fragrant, pink rose flowers which profusely bloom. A freely suckering native. Can bloom in full shade as well as full sun.

Shepherdia argentea
  • Common name: Silver Buffaloberry
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 ft. x 6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Silver Buffaloberry is an attractive mid-size shrub with grey-green foliage, similar to Russian Olive.  It tolerates a wide range of conditions from wet and heavy to dry soils, but to keep growth under control, give very little water. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

Sisyrinchium montanum
  • Common name: Blue-eyed Grass
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 6" x 10"
  • Native to: Idaho

This cheerful little native wildflower produces dainty blue/purple flowers on grassy foliage. It prefers rich, moist soil in spring but tolerates summer dryness. Will gradually spread, creating a little ‘meadow’.

Sorbus scopulina
  • Common name: Green's Mountain Ash
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 ft. x 16 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Green’s Mountain Ash – With its white flower clusters and orange berries, this native Mountain Ash makes a great landscape shrub or small tree.Outstanding fall colors in shades of flaming red, purple, orange to yellow.These multiple-stem trees provide good cover and nesting sites for birds. Robins, waxwings, and grosbeaks find the bright red-orange berries particularly tasty.

Symphoricarpos albus
  • Common name: Snowberry
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 4-6 ft. x 4-6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Snowberry’s pink to white flowers in early summer give way to white berries that last all through the winter. Attracts birds. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.