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Acer grandidentatum
  • Common name: Big Tooth Maple
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 20-30' tall
  • Native to: SE Idaho

A lovely slow-growing, multi-stemmed maple native to the Intermountain West, including SE Idaho.  Related to the Eastern Sugar Maple, Big Tooth has beautiful fall color. Tolerant of shade and many different soil types. More information here.

Alyssum montanum
  • Common name: Mountain Alyssum
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Mountain Alyssum is one of the earliest of the spring bloomers. Bright right yellow flowers over attractive, low gray-green mats of small oval leaves. Nice for rock gardens, front of borders. Pollinators: bees and butterflies. Can seed out.

Mahonia repens
  • Common name: Creeping Oregon Grape
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: sun/shade
  • Height x Width: 2' x 2'
  • Native to: Idaho

Creeping Oregon Grape is a small, evergreen native shrub. Early flowers are a good pollen source for native insects. Tolerant of both sun and shade, firewise. It can propagate by runners with age. Edible fruit used by native peoples. More information here.

Penstemon hallii
  • Common name: Hall's Penstemon
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 10" x 10"
  • Native to: CO

Clumps of bright purple flowers arise from dense tufts of linear leaves. Occurs in the wild at higher elevations in Colorado, but given some irrigation it tolerates cultivation in lower, warmer climates

Pulsatilla vulgaris
  • Common name: Violet Pasqueflower
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 12' x 12"
  • Native to: Europe

Early blooming mound of violet flowers. Great for rock gardens, front of border.

Purshia tridentata
  • Common name: Bitterbrush
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 5-6 ft. x 4-6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Bitterbrush is a highly branched native shrub often with spectacular yellow spring bloom. Could replace forsythia in native, xeric gardens. Good wildlife habitat. Pollinators: butterflies, bees. Firewise. More info here.

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. Firewise. More information here.

Veronica pectinata
  • Common name: Wooly Veronica
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Eurasia

Wooly Veronica is a vigorous xeric ground-cover. Woolly evergreen foliage creates a handsome, dense gray-green carpet, covered in early spring with blue bell-like flowers. Does best in part shade, works well crawling under shrubs.