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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 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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Eragrostis trichodes
  • Common name: Sand Love Grass
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-4 ft. x 2 ft.
  • Native to: West-central US

Sand Love Grass is an attractive bunch grass with graceful airy seed heads, golden color in winter.

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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 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 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 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 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.

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!

Festuca Idahoensis
  • Common name: Idaho Fescue
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Idaho Fescue is a short, tufted bunchgrass with grey-blue blades. Cool season grass, grows early in spring and stays green in winter. Nice garden accent year-round. Avoid over-watering or fertilizing.

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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. Not currently available,  More information here.

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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.

 

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.

Heuchera cylindrica
  • Common name: Coralbells
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Coralbells has dramatic spikes of cream to white flowers rise from a base of scalloped deep green leaves. Favors rock outcroppings; great in full sun or dry shade. Very long blooming in our Boise garden. Choice!

Heuchera rubescens
  • Common name: Alpine Coralbells
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Alpine Coralbells is another charming native coralbells, this one with deep red to pink flowers on delicate wands.Great for full sun or dry shade. Evergreen foliage. Not currently available.

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Hymenoxys acaulis
  • Common name: Sundancer Daisy
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 15 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Sundancer Daisy is a cheerful, showy, long-blooming western wildflower and is a gem in the xeric garden. The attractive thread- leaf foliage is covered by bright-yellow, long-stemmed daisies in summer. Remarkably adapted to arid regions, from low desert to mountains.

 

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Ipomopsis aggregata
  • Common name: Scarlet Gilia
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 24" x 12"
  • Native to: Idaho

This showy biennial is a favorite of hikers. In its first year, Scarlet Gilia produces a clump of grassy basal leaves. In the second year it shoots up tall spikes covered with brilliant orange-red flowers. Will self-sow once established. Great hummingbird plant.  More info here.

Ipomopsis rubra
  • Common name: Standing Cypress
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3-4' x 2'
  • Native to: Texas and Eastern US

This fantastic biennial, native to Texas, produces a profusion of tubular red flowers in the second summer. Closely related to our native Scarlet Gilia, it is proving to be more reliable in cultivation. And, being from Texas, it is naturally bigger, bolder and showier. A real magnet for Hummingbirds

Iris pallida
  • Common name: Variegated Iris
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18-24" x 18-24"
  • Native to: Europe

Grown for its striking foliage, this Iris also produces a lovely lavender flower in late spring.

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Kniphofia uvaria
  • Common name: Red Hot Poker
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 1'
  • Native to: South Africa

A striking accent in the xeric garden, Red Hot Poker is well named for it vivid orange and red bottle brush flowers. Lily-like leaves at the bottom.

Koeleria macrantha
  • Common name: Prairie Junegrass
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2' x 1'
  • Native to: Idaho

Prairie Junegrass is a native, perennial, cool season tufted bunch grass , growing  actively when soil temps are cooler in spring and fall. It produces lustrous silver-green seedheads in early summer. The supporting foliage is an attractive green-gray color. June Grass prefers full sun and dry, sandy soil.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Lady’
  • Common name: Lady Lavender
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 12" x 12"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This is a very compact lavender, great for edging or the front of a border.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’
  • Common name: Munstead Lavender
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 18" x 18"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This is a classic mid-sized Lavender. Spikes of fragrant lavender flowers in early summer.

Leymus cinereus
  • Common name: Great Basin Wildrye
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Great Basin Wildrye is the largest native Western bunchgrass. Tall and stately foundation plant for the dry garden. Seed heads in late summer .

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Liatris ligulistylis
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Blazing Star
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2-3’ x 1’
  • Native to: Montana to New Mexico

Rocky Mountain Blazing Star produces tall upright stalks of lavender/purple flowers that are premium butterfly attractors. This prairie native is a robust grower and does best in fertile soils with infrequent but deep soakings. Nectar plant for Monarch and other butterflies. Excellent cut flower.

Liatris punctata
  • Common name: Dotted Gayfeather
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 8-12 in.
  • Native to: Short Grass Prairie, Central US

A showy plant for dry gardens or shortgrass meadows, Dotted Gayfeather produces lavender bottlebrushes that bloom from the top down. Deep tuberous taproots account for extreme drought tolerance and long life. Nectar plant for butterflies. Not currently available.

 

Limonium latifolium ‘Blue Diamond’
  • Common name: Sea Lavender
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10" x 10"
  • Native to: Europe

This dwarf, perennial statice produces a bouquet of airy, blue-lavender flowers in mid-summer. The flowers are lovely in dried arrangements.

Linum lewisii
  • Common name: Lewis Flax
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Lewis Flax, a vigorous native that produces masses of cheerful little blue flowers from late spring through mid-summer. Each flower lasts only a day, drops to the ground and is replaced by more the next morning. Charming. Pollinators: bees.

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Marrubium rotundifolium
  • Common name: Creeping Horehound
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 1 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Creeping Horehound has showy, fuzzy leaves edged in silver, carefree ground cover with deep taproot. Especially recommended for shade or part shade areas. Evergreen.

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Mirabilis multiflora
  • Common name: Colorado Four o'Clock
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 3-4 ft. x 3-4 ft.
  • Native to: Southwest US

Colorado Four O’Clock is one of those plants that vanishes completely in the winter, retreating underground  to an enormous root. Then, fairly late in the spring, shoots begin to emerge and once the plant starts growing—there’s just no stopping it! It can sprawl far and wide and looks lovely draped over a wall. Long-lived!  More info here.

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Nepeta x faassenii
  • Common name: Select Blue Catmint
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 15 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Select Blue Catmint This is a sterile hybrid catmint forming a neat mound of grey-green leaves and loads of soft blue flowers. It has all the beauty of our old catmint with none of the pesky seedlings! Trim it back after bloom for a second flush of flowers in late summer. Attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Catmint is related to but not same as Catnip.

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Oenothera macrocarpa
  • Common name: Missouri Evening Primrose
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 10 in. x 2-3'
  • Native to: West-central US

Missouri Evening Primrose grows into mounds of glossy leaves followed by clear yellow blossoms over much of the summer. Plants sprawl widely then die back to the ground in winter.

 

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