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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.

Achillea ageratifolia
  • Common name: Greek Yarrow
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

Greek Yarrow is a slow-growing, tidy, dense evergreen ground cover. This beauty is a reliable heavy-bloomer bearing bright white clusters of tiny flowers for many weeks in late spring. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Achillea tomentosa
  • Common name: Woolly Yarrow
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6-12 in. x 28 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

Woolly Yarrow is a low growing evergreen ground cover forming loose clumps of charming, fuzzy grey-green leaves.Clusters of cheerful yellow blossoms pop up in late spring. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Achillea x kellereri
  • Common name: Bulgarian Yarrow
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 8" x 8"
  • Native to: Bulgaria

A natural hybrid from Bulgaria, this unusual and charming miniature yarrow produces clumps of small white flowers over carpets of attractive silvery leaves. Expanding gradually by root, this plant can form loose colonies.

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. More information here.

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. More information here.

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. Not currently available.

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.

Artemisia pedemontana
  • Common name: Dwarf Wormwood
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3" x 12"
  • Native to: Europe

This low, compact sagebrush relative makes a perfect rock garden plant. Fluffy flowers arise in early summer, can be cut back to reveal the evergreen mat. Choice!

Delosperma ‘Salmon’
  • Common name: Salmon Iceplant
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: South Africa

Low carpet of semi-evergreen foliage topped with shocking salmon-colored flowers in late spring. Wonderful addition to any rock garden.

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 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.

Edraianthus serbicus
  • Common name: Rock Bells, Grassy Bells
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3” and spreading
  • Native to: Balkans

Grassy Bells, an ideal rock garden plant with small tufts of grassy leaves covered in bell-like flowers. The blossoms are violet-blue, on short, outspreading stems. Perfect for edging or containers.

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.

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 (or Fleabane) with narrow leaves and cheerful purple that flowers in early to mid-summer. Usually occurs in woodland openings or edges. Attracts  native 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 ovalifolium
  • Common name: Cushion Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3-4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8" x 12-24"
  • Native to: Idaho

This Buckwheat features white pom-pom like flowers over expanding tuffets on tight gray-green leaves. Choice!

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

Cushion Buckwheat forms compact 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 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: 12" x 18"
  • Native to: Idaho

Sulfur Buckwheat is arguably the best all-around landscape plant native to S. Idaho. Bright yellow flower heads rise over a mat of spoon-shaped leaves and mature into a lovely copper color over the course of the summer. The basal leaves turn reddish-green in the fall and are attractive all winter long. Boise foothills native. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

Eriogonum umbellatum var. porteri
  • Common name: Porter's Sulfur Flower
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: H4 in. x W12 in.
  • Native to: NV, UT, CO

A very hardy species from mountain ridges in Utah, this plant is neat and compact with wavy, shining green leaves on short, woody stems.  Umbels of flowers are at first yellow, maturing to rich reds. Not currently available.

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.

Genista lydia
  • Common name: Lydia Broom
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1-2' x 3-4'
  • Native to: Turkey, Balkans

Lydia broom, a well-behaved flowering shrub, is a stunning sight in late spring,–covered with bright yellow pea-like flowers. Otherwise, the evergreen mound of wiry stems provide good structure year round. Tolerates clay. Don’t confuse with invasive Scotch Broom. Choice!

Hedysarum borealis
  • Common name: Northern Sweetvetch
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 8" x 24"
  • Native to: Idaho, Utah

Utah Sweetvetch is a low, sprawling plant with beautiful pea-like blossoms. Winds in and around larger plants. Supports native pollinators and fixes Nitrogen in the soil.

Heterotheca villosa
  • Common name: Hairy Goldenaster
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6-10" x 12" - 24"
  • Native to: Idaho

Hairy Goldenaster  covers itself completely with small yellow aster-like flowers in early summer. Needs no water once established.

Holodiscus discolor
  • Common name: Ocean Spray
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • Height x Width: 5-7" x 5-7'
  • Native to: N. Idaho

Foamy waves of white flowers cover this native shrub in summer. Attracts butterflies and bees. Attractive in bouquets. More information here.

Hymenoxys hoopesii
  • Common name: Orange Mountain Daisy
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 2’ x 2’
  • Native to: Idaho

Large yellow daisies pop out on this mountain meadow plant in early summer.

Iliamna rivularis
  • Common name: Mountain Hollyhock
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 40 in. x 32 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Mountain Hollyhock is a low-growing mountain native, with attractive foliage and  gorgeous hollyhock-like pink satin cups. More information here.

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 x intermedia ‘Grosso’
  • Common name: Lavender “Grosso”
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Lavender “Grosso” is a vigorous, large lavender with long, deep purple flower spikes in early to mid-summer. Extremely drought- tolerant, good foundation planting.Flower spikes may be cut back for repeat bloom. Evergreen foliage. Pollinators: bees.

 

Linum lewisii
  • Common name: Lewis Flax
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1 ft. x 2 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.

Mahonia fremontii
  • Common name: Fremont's Mahonia, Desert Holly
  • Zone: 5 (?)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4-8' x 4-8'
  • Native to: UT, NV, AZ. NM

Fremont’s Mahonia is a large, evergreen shrub native to the deserts of S. Utah and Nevada. Prickly leaves shade from turquoise to purple in different seasons. Rare!

 

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.

Origanum libanoticum
  • Common name: Hopflower Oregano
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Mediterreanean

Hopflower Oregano is an outstanding cascading ground cover. This ornamental oregano produces hundreds of small lantern-like flowers on wiry stems. Terrific for edging, cascading over walls or filling in between larger plants. Not currently available.

 

Penstemon barbatus
  • Common name: Beardlip Penstemon
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 2'
  • Native to: SW US

Loose spikes of brilliant scarlet tubular flowers with distinctive ‘bearded’ lip. Tough and long-lived. Great hummingbird attractor.

Penstemon davidsonii v.davidsonii
  • Common name: Davidson’s Penstemon
  • Zone: 3?
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 3 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Western US

Davidson’s Penstemon is a choice landscape plant with a low, sprawling woody structure that allows it to function like a ground cover. If given some sun protection in winter it will be completely evergreen. Lavender tubular flowers show up in late spring. Likes well-drained soils.