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Aethionema schistosum
  • Common name: Persian Stonecress
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Persian Stonecress forms handsome tight mounds of unusual deep blue-green foliage which is completely evergreen. The plant is covered with cheerful pink blossoms in late spring to early summer.Can seed out fairly aggressively.

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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.

Amelanchier alnifolia
  • Common name: Serviceberry
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 -12 ft. x 3- 6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Serviceberry is a large erect shrub to graceful small tree. Lovely white blossoms in early spring, dark purple fruit followed by red leaves in fall. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

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Antennaria microphylla
  • Common name: Littleleaf Pussytoes
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: Idaho

Littleleaf or Rosy Pussytoes is a very low growing, tight groundcoverwith pinkish “pussytoe” blossoms in late spring. Spreads nicely around garden rocks and thrives in dry sunny areas with poor, well-drained soil. Retains grey-green leaves all winter.

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Arenaria alfacarensis
  • Common name: Spanish Sandwort
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1/2" x 6"
  • Native to: Spain

Amazingly tight, hard mats of silver-green triangular foliage are sprinkled with tiny white flowers in late spring. A fine and rarely available alpine from Spain. Exquisite rock garden plant, evergreen.

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Arenaria kingii
  • Common name: King's Sandwort
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 10 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

King’s Sandwort:  Long, evergreen, grass-like leaves support a delicate spray of tiny white flowers in spring. Ideal for a rock garden or edging a pathway.

Arenaria montana
  • Common name: Mountain Sandwort
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. tall and spreading
  • Native to: Europe

Mountain Sandwort is a classy little alpine or rock garden plant. It forms a low evergreen cushion of dark green leaves, bearing loads of large white flowers during the spring and early summer.  Great for edging paths, between flagstones, in walls or rock gardens. Evergreen.

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Armeria maritima
  • Common name: Thrift
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 8 in.
  • Native to: Pacific Northwest US

Thrift has pink globe flowers over mounds of grassy leaves. Deadhead for prolonged bloom. Evergreen foliage.

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Armeria Pseudarmeria
  • Common name: False Sea Thrift
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10" x 6"
  • Native to: Spain and Portugal

Taller and longer-blooming than its cousin, Thrift, this “False Thrift” is a colorful focal point in any garden. Evergreen foliage.

Cretaegus douglasii
  • Common name: Douglas Hawthorn, Black Hawthorn
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10' x 8'
  • Native to: Idaho

Deciduous upright shrub or small tree usually with thorns, dense, good bird habitat, white flowers in spring, intense red color in fall. 10-15′ tall.

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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, long-blooming native Fleabane with dissected leaves and bundles of charming 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 tweedyi
  • Common name: Tweedy's Fleabane
  • Zone: 4 (?)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6" x 8"
  • Native to: Idaho

Tidy mounds of delicate lavender flowers with yellow centers. Choice rock garden or edging plant.

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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 heracleoides
  • Common name: Whorled, Wyeth or Creamy 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 color pom-poms in early summer. Likes well-drained soil. Boise foothills native. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

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Eriogonum ovalifolium var. ovalifolium
  • Common name: Cushion Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 8” x 12”
  • Native to: Idaho

New! This mat-forming perennial growing naturally in rocky areas. Yellow puff-ball flowers appear in summer with orange highlights later in the year. Gray foliage forms small clumps. Prefers sandy/gravely well- drained soils. Will not survive if overwatered. Not currently available.

Erysimum pulchellum
  • Common name: Beautiful Wallflower
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6" x 10"
  • Native to: Eurasia

Beautiful Wallflower lives up to its name! Tight mounds of evergreen foliage covered with small yellow flowers in mid-spring. Excellent rock garden or edging plant. Choice!

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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.

Iris pallida
  • Common name: Variegated Iris
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun/part shade
  • 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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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 repens
  • Common name: Creeping Oregon Grape
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun or shade
  • Height x Width: 1-2 ft. x 2-3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Creeping Oregon Grape is a low-growing, evergreen shrub. Bright yellow flowers bloom in spring followed by blue berries. Leaves are evergreen. Adaptable to many soil types and does well in full sun or full shade. Nectar and pollen source for native bees.

Penstemon aridus
  • Common name: Stiffleaf Penstemon
  • Zone: 4?
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4” x 12”
  • Native to: Idaho

Unusual and rare Penstemon with outstanding landscape value. Low tufts of narrow, dark green leaves persist through the winter then erupt in purple flowers in early spring. Choice!

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Penstemon platyphyllus
  • Common name: Broadleaf Penstemon
  • Zone: 4-5 (?)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12-18 in.
  • Native to: Nevada

Showy spikes of purple-blue flowers in mid-spring. Flowers are huge and attractive to bees.

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Penstemon procerus
  • Common name: Littleflower Penstemon
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 12' x 12'
  • Native to: Idaho

This early blooming penstemon sends up multiple stalks, each with numerous whorls of small tubular flowers. Widespread native.

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Penstemon virens
  • Common name: Blue Mist Penstemon, Front Range Penstemon
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 8 in.
  • Native to: Mountain West

Blue Mist Penstemon or Front Range Penstemon is a dwarf penstemon,  native to the plains and foothills of the Eastern Rockies, often growing in large colonies. In late spring, dainty spikes of lavender-blue flowers rise over evergreen rosettes Likes dry, well- drained soil and is well adapted to garden conditions.

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Ptilotrichum spinosum
  • Common name: Spiny Madwort
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1' x 1-4'
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Intricately branched wiry shrublet forming somewhat prickly mound-like cushions. Completely covered with soft pink flowers in late spring.

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.

Salvia officinalis-Dwarf
  • Common name: Dwarf Culinary Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun or part shade
  • Height x Width: 1-2' x 4-6'
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Dwarf Culinary Sage grows into a shrub covered with a dense mound of edible leaves. Covered with showy lavender-blue flowers in early summer, it becomes a magnet for honeybees. Unlike ordinary culinary sage, this dwarf form is completely evergreen, creating a beautiful gray-green mound in the winter garden. Tolerates clay and shade.

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Salvia officinalis-Variegated
  • Common name: Golden Garden Sage
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2 ft. x 2 ft.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Golden Garden Sage is a variegated variety of culinary sage. Attractive mounds of yellow-green leaves, highly variegated. Use in cooking like garden sage. Evergreen.

 

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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’.

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.